Paternity and child support are aspects which fathers have to deal with. Fathers have to work hard for the same, since after divorce mothers are given preference over fathers.
Paternity establishment is the process which is used to determine the child’s legal father. This process is usually used when the parents are not legally married. When the parents are not legally married the child does not have a legal father.
It is extremely vital that fathers go through with paternity establishment or the child would miss out on several advantages of being the child of a legal father. Some benefits which the child would miss out on are inheritance rights and social security. Unless the father establishes paternity, the name of the father would not appear on the birth certificate of the child.
Child support order can only be obtained when fatherhood is legally recognised. The father would not be liable to pay for child support unless recognised by court.
One should keep in mind that child support payments can only be paid when paternity is established.
In case the father does not admit paternity, genetic tests can be ordered and paternity can be established by the court. Genetic tests would be carried out on the mother, the child and the alleged father. Based on the results of the genetic tests, alleged fathers would have to sign an agreed order for paternity.
Once you as a father are able to establish paternity, you would have legal rights to maintain a relationship with your child and also visit your child.
It should be always kept in mind that both the parents would be required to support their child from birth. If your partner holds the custody of your child, you can provide her with child support for the well being of your child.