The process of establishing paternity can be very complex, with many steps to follow. However, this process is not impossible. The parents need to know how to navigate through the steps to ensure legal paternity for their child, and to establish healthy and mature relationships for the years to come.
When a child is born to unmarried parents, it is very beneficial to establish legal paternity. By doing so, the biological father of the child is recognized as the legal father, with all of the rights and responsibilities provided by law. There are several ways in which legal paternity may be established to provide for the best interests of the child. Unfortunately, there are also ways in which the system may be fraudulently used to force a man other than the biological father to assume financial responsibility for the child.