Establishing paternity is a crucial step for both the father and the child involved in the process. It is a way of legally recognizing the biological relationship between the two and can have far-reaching benefits for both parties.
For the father, this means legally obtaining all the rights and responsibilities that come with fatherhood, such as the right to custody and visitation of his child. It also includes the obligation to provide financial support in the form of child support payments.
The legal, financial, and emotional benefits of having a legally recognized father are very important to a child. Not only do they provide a sense of security, but they also provide tangible benefits, such as access to inheritance rights and health insurance coverage. They also provide the right to collect social security benefits in the event of death or disability.
There are several ways to establish paternity in Kentucky.
In the eyes of the law, if a couple is married at the time of the birth of a child, the husband is assumed to be the child’s legal father. However, this presumption can be rebutted by clear evidence to the contrary.
If a child’s parents are not married, the father may establish legal paternity through a process known as an “acknowledgment of paternity.” Both the mother and the father do this by signing a document at the local county recorder’s office or at the hospital where the child was born. By doing this, parents can secure their rights as well as their obligations to their children.
Do you need to establish the paternity of your child? At Fleur de Law, we specialize in family law and can help you through the legal process of establishing paternity.