There are plenty of unmarried parents across the country, including here in Maryland. Whether by choice or as a surprise, pregnancy happens. The marital status of parents should not determine what type of relationship and what level of responsibility each parent can have in the life of his or her child. In order to pursue certain rights, seek support or even contest parental claims, proof of paternity is required before any further legal actions can be taken.
Imagine, as a father, you are unable to spend time with your child. Establishing paternity can help you in achieving some form of physical custody. As a mother, doing the same can help hold a child's father accountable for support payments. On the other hand, both a child's mother and the assumed father can also contest claims of paternity.
There are a couple ways to establish paternity. If a mother claims a certain person to be a child's father, the presumed father can choose to voluntarily accept the assertion. DNA testing can also be used in order to prove parentage. There are also situations in which non-biological parents may wish to be granted certain rights to children. To learn more about doing this, please visit our firm's paternity website.
The decision to pursue paternity rulings can certainly benefit fathers, mothers and children. Taking this step can open doors to better relationships, support and legal protections. Those in Maryland who are considering establishing parentage can seek the help of family law attorneys who have experience handling this, and the many other problems that parents who are unmarried may encounter.