Q & A: Why should paternity be established?

Psychological Benefit: Most of the time, there are emotional benefits for a child by having contact with his or her father. A child may also develop family ties to grandparents, aunts, uncles, and other relatives.

Medical History: Your child may also gain access to medical history and genetic information that may be helpful in current or future medical treatment.

Inheritance: The child has legal rights as an heir to inherit from the father and the father’s relatives.

Government Benefits: If the father becomes or is disabled, the child may be able to get benefits from the Social Security Administration or Veteran’s Administration. The child can also get death benefits from Social Security or military benefits if the father was a veteran.

Decision Making About the Child: Unless certain actions are taken to establish the legal relationship, a father has no right to be involved in the child’s life, including the decision for the child to be adopted.

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