Establishing paternity is an important first step in obtaining child support.  In addition to providing the basis for obtaining support from the obligor parent, establishing paternity gives a child born to unmarried parents the legal rights and privileges of a child born within a marriage.  Those rights and privileges may include:

  • Support from both parents
  • Legal documentation of who his or her parents are
  • Access to family medical records. (Many diseases, illnesses, birth defects and other health problems are passed to children by their parents)
  • Medical and life insurance coverage from either parent, if available
  • Inheritance rights
  • Social Security and Veteran's benefits, if available
  • The emotional benefits of knowing who both parents are