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Times have changed when it seems as if fathers don’t have rights to their children. It is often presumed that the child is better off with the mother, while the father pays child support, and is told when to visit.

However, more and more fathers are stepping up, recognizing their rights, and fighting for them. A study by the Journey of Marriage and Family discovered that more and more fathers are getting more involved in the life of their children.

From making a significant contribution to providing essential benefits that aid the development of the child. It has led to massive changes in the law, especially in New York.

1. It is necessary

Although this is glaring since more and more people are giving birth out of wedlock. Some are often unplanned, but that doesn’t dispute the right both parents have over the child.

The reason paternity rights are very crucial in the development of a child cannot be overemphasized. For instance, establishing child support, providing health insurance for the child, determining decision-making authority, and most of all, parenting time often lies on the father.

2. Why assert paternity right

There are numerous cases where another man might insist he's the father of your child. Other times, it could be because you’re unmarried, and unmarried men are not legally recognized in the face of the law.

There are also cases of paternity fraud, where the mother deceives a man into believing he’s the father of the child. These are cases where paternity rights are to be established, especially after a DNA test has been conducted to ascertain the truth.

3. What you need to know

Take note that you have until four years before your child reaches 18 to file for a paternity action. If you’re unmarried, your name appearing on the birth certificate of your child is not enough. You will need to file a petition to establish paternity with the court to be recognized as the father of the child.

4. Establishing your right as the father

Both you and your spouse can sign an Acknowledgment of Paternity form. That is where both parties are on oath that the supposed father is, indeed, the father of the child.

In the absence of Acknowledge of Paternity, where both parties don’t agree on paternity, you have the right to file for a court order to establish paternity.

Working with an experienced attorney

When it comes to establishing paternity rights, it can be a cumbersome process. The best line of action is to hire a licensed and experienced family attorney to guide you every step of the process.

When you have access to sound and expert guidance, you stand a better chance of coming out with the desired result. Feel free to give us a call (718) 815-4500, or perhaps fill the contact form. Let's begin.

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