When you establish paternity, the law recognizes you as a parent to your child. Being the legally recognized father of your children has various advantages for you and your family.
Establishing paternity goes beyond the biological relationship you have with your child. If you are an unmarried couple, the law only recognizes the mother as a legal parent until the father legally establishes paternity.
There are several ways of establishing paternity. For instance, in Kentucky you can sign a voluntary acknowledgment of paternity form after birth or go through the court. Either way, it is a crucial step for fathers who are not legally married to the mother of their child.
What are the benefits?
Establishing paternity will help foster the parent-child relationship you have with your kid. When you are an active parent in their life, it can improve emotional and social bonds. It will also give your child a sense of identity and belonging.
You will also enjoy parental rights when you legally establish paternity. Fathers are typically entitled to the same custody and visitation rights as the other parent. However, if the courts do not legally recognize you as the legal parent, you may not have such rights.
As a legally recognized parent, you will have the right to access privileged information about your child, such as their medical history or education records, which will help you make decisions that are in their best interests. Additionally, your child will be eligible for public and private benefits through your legal relationship with them.
Protecting your rights as a father
Legally establishing your place in your child’s life is good for you and your family. If you have any doubts or concerns about your particular situation, it is worthwhile to reach out for help to ensure you safeguard your paternal rights.