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Be sure to protect your rights if you are an unmarried father

| May 8, 2019 | Family Law |

Our world is full of different types of family units. Many couples marry before they decide to add kids to the family. Others choose to raise their children without ever getting married. We believe that the choice of marrying or not to raise children together belongs solely to the parties involved in these relationships.

Despite our beliefs, we feel that all fathers in Omaha should understand the risks of having children without marrying. When these dads fail to take protective steps, they could risk losing access to the children that they love. An important step in preserving your rights as a father involves establishing paternity. Fortunately, there are several methods of establishing your paternity.

Voluntarily assuming your paternity is the most common form of establishment. For unmarried couples, this may involve signing a form acknowledging that you are the child’s father. A family law attorney can assist in drafting the necessary legal documents.

If you and the child’s mother get married after the baby arrives, you can establish your paternity by adding your name to the child’s birth certificate. You may also acquire a DNA test proving you are the dad, if for example, the mother fights against your attempts to establish paternity.

In some cases, simply accepting the child lovingly into your life and providing him or her with care and financial support may be enough to establish legal paternity. In these cases, it is best to seek legal representation from a family law attorney to strengthen your case.

Please read more about critical family law topics by continuing to review the resources on our website. We also offer many insights into the preservation of family in our legal blog.