Parents will face a number of issues throughout the course of raising their children. It is a difficult job, some would say the toughest, but it can also be one of the most rewarding. Unfortunately, some fathers in Maryland and elsewhere have to deal with the matter of gaining paternity recognition in order to have any sort of relationship with their children.
There are just a couple of ways in which paternity can be established. One would be through receiving an order in court. Once a court order is achieved, genetic testing is completed. If the test results are questionable, the case will head back to court for a judicial hearing.
Another way to get paternity recognition is by signing an Affidavit of Parentage which can be done right after a child is born. Doing this will include the father's name on a child's birth certificate, giving him legal rights to the child. This is something that can be signed while at the hospital, or it can be taken by both parents to be signed in front of a notary at a later date. An Affidavit of Parentage can be signed at anytime up until a child turns 18 years of age.
No father should have to miss out on time with his child due to questions about parentage. As every situation is different, having more than one way to receive paternity acknowledgment is certainly a positive thing. Even though the process can take time and may seem frustrating, a family law attorney can help Maryland fathers in their quests of gaining legal rights to their children in the swiftest manner possible.
Source: dhr.state.md.us, "Paternity Establishment", Accessed on July 17, 2015