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Paternity
A paternity action is the process of establishing the legal relationship between a child and a putative biological father. The action may be filed by either the mother or the father. However, if a child is born to a married woman the law presumes that the child is a product of the marriage. If the child is born out of wedlock, paternity can established by DNA testing, by the parties signing an affidavit acknowledging paternity, through marriage of the parties and by court order. Establishing paternity gives the mother the right to seek child support and benefits, such as health insurance or Social Security Benefits, on behalf of the child. At the same time, it allows the father visitation with the child and to participate in the shared-parental responsibilities of the child.

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