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Establishing paternity is very important for unwed fathers

Children in New York are born into many familial situations. Some are born to parents who are married and sometimes the parents are not married. Being born to fathers who are not married to the mother does not mean that the fathers are not the biological fathers, but in order to be recognized as the legal fathers, they must establish paternity first.

Establishing paternity can be done in a couple different ways. One is by signing an Acknowledgement of Paternity, which is a legal document that states that the man is the father of the child. This can be done in the hospital at the time the child is born or at any other time before the child is 21-years-old. This form can also be signed by the parents at different times and locations. The other way to establish paternity is through a court proceeding, generally when child support is being established.

Paternity is very important for fathers because they are not allowed to seek child custody or visitation with the child until paternity is established. However, once it is established, they can petition the court for both. They will then go through a custody proceeding to determine which parent will have custody, as well as establishing a visitation schedule. Ultimately, these decisions will be made after analyzing a number of factors to determine what is in the best interests of the child.

They are many men who have children in New York and were not married to the mothers. These men may even live with the mother and help raise the child for a while, but until paternity is established and the father petitions for custody, they have no legal rights to the child. This means the mother can make all the decisions for the child and determine when the child will see the father. Experienced attorneys understand how important paternity is for unwed fathers and may be able to guide men through the process.

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