If you were not married to your child’s mother at the birth of your child, you are not recognized under Minnesota law as the child’s legal father. Thus, it is necessary for you to establish paternity of your child. An experienced family law attorney can help you establish paternity and your rights to your child.
There are several ways to establish paternity in Minnesota:
It is important to understand that paternity gives rights and benefits to the mother, the father and the child. Paternity gives the parents the legal right to have a child support order established. It gives the father the right to obtain a court order for visitation or child custody, and to have a say in the legal decisions about the child. It is important to note that establishing paternity alone would not prevent the mother of a child from relocating with the child. A father must also establish custody rights to have a say in the relocation of the mother with the child.
If you have questions about establishing paternity, reach out to the lawyers at Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A. to learn more.
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