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Things to know about establishing paternity

Establishing paternity may sound complicated, but this is nothing more than the process of determining the biological father of a child.

When a father is not listed on a birth certificate in the state of Nebraska, legal paternity is required to be established for the following:

-- To obtain a child support order for a child.

-- To obtain health care coverage for a child.

-- To ensure the child's rights to benefits if the father passes on, including but not limited to Social Security benefits and Veteran's benefits.

In Nebraska, when parents are married to one another, it is presumed that the husband is the father of the child. However, when parents are not married, paternity must be established. This can be done through a court order or by submitting an Acknowledgment of Paternity form to DHHS Vital Records Management.

If the mother and father agree that the child is his, the easiest way to establish paternity is to complete the Acknowledgment of Paternity form.

Note: all hospitals in Nebraska have Acknowledgment of Paternity forms available for mothers and fathers to complete once a child is born.

When it comes to establishing paternity, many people look at this process as being long and complicated. While it may not be simple, the state of Nebraska has a sound system in place for making things as easy as possible for all parties involved.

It's never easy to deal with a situation in which you have to establish paternity, but there are times when this is a must. Knowing the process will allow you to move forward in the appropriate manner.

Source: Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services, "Child Support Enforcement: Paternity," accessed June 13, 2016

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