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Requests for genetic testing must be offered with facts

Paternity involves establishing a man as a child's biological father. As discussed in prior posts on this Minnesota family law blog, with the establishment of paternity comes many rights and responsibilities for the father. In some cases a claim for paternity may be made by a man who wishes to have involvement in his child's life. In other scenarios a claim of paternity may be initiated by a mother who wants her child's father to participate in the care and expenses associated with raising the child.

What rights to my child do I gain with proof of paternity?

In Minnesota there are several scenarios under which a man is presumed to be a child's father. For example, if the man is married to the child's mother then it is presumed that he is the father. Also, if the child is not an adult and the man holds the child out as his offspring and allows the child to live in his home, then the man will also be presumed to be the child's father. There are other established presumptions of paternity that readers may discuss with their family law attorneys.

Important points about paternity in Minnesota

For Minnesotans, the term "paternity" means more than just the establishing of the biological father of a child. It is an important factor in parental rights and the relationship between father and child. It also helps with making certain that the child is adequately cared for whether there is a relationship between the child and the father or not. There are important points that must be remembered when it comes to paternity.

Minnesota fathers should be a part of their child's life

Unmarried fathers in Minnesota who are no longer in a relationship with their child's mother still often want to play an active part of their child's life. They want to go to special events such as their child's soccer games and dance recitals. They want to celebrate holidays and birthdays with their child. But even more, they simply want to have dinner with their child and then tuck their child in at night.

Who is financially responsible for raising a child in Minnesota?

Last month, this blog discussed the Recognition of Parentage, which is a legal form entered into by the child's unwed parents who are not currently in a relationship with each other. The Recognition of Parentage establishes the legal relationship between the biological father and the child. A Recognition of Parentage in Minnesota does not automatically order a parent to pay child support. For that to happen, a child support order must be sought from the court.

What is a Recognition of Parentage in Minnesota?

In Minnesota, when unmarried parents have a child, and later separate, it is important that legal parentage is established. One way to do this is to sign and file a Recognition of Parentage form. This form establishes a legal relationship between an unmarried biological father and his child. Both the father and the mother must sign the form. After that, the form is filed with the Office of Vital Records. Once this is done, the man is considered the child's father for legal purposes.

What is the process to determine paternity in Minnesota?

Paternity is used to refer to the legal father of a child. Under Minnesota law, a child of unmarried parents does not have a legal father until the proper legal steps are taken to establish the child's legal father or paternity. Being named on the child's birth certificate alone is not considered enough to establish the legal father or the legal rights and responsibilities that accompany being the legal father of a child. Once the paternity of a child is determined, the legal father has the responsibility to pay child support and can request child custody, visitation rights and parenting time.

Seeking paternity in MN can really get the ball rolling

If you or a loved one has been thinking about seeking paternity rights, think no more. Action will bring your desires of a better relationship with your child into reality. Minnesota families, especially children, can really benefit from the love and influence of both parents in their life. Proving paternity can be the largest step to achieving any level of the child custody process.

What can paternity rights do for Minnesota parent and child?

For some Minnesota parents, paternity rights are not automatically granted at birth. Nevertheless, parents seeking rights should understand the benefits that come to those granted paternity. More often than not, it is the father seeking paternity rights of their child. There are many ways to obtain these rights, however, the importance of it is what a parent gains from the legal assurance of paternity.

How do biological fathers establish fatherhood in Minnesota?

A large percentage of Minnesota children born today are born to parents who are not legally married. There are many reasons for this change in traditional family structure, but there are ways a man can be named the 'legal' father of a child even if he is not married to the child's mother. The way a Minnesota man will go about this differs depending on his situation. One path will certainly be easier than the other, if the situation is in his favor.

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