Why Should I Establish Paternity?

Why Should I Establish Paternity?

Posted By Hanson, Gorian, Bradford & Hanich || 9-Feb-2016

Is the paternity of your child in question? In the United States, it is crucial that parents legally establish the paternity of their children to ensure they are able to receive key benefits. Many parents do not establish paternity out of fear of the results and the changes that the truth could bring to their lives. If you are considering requesting a DNA test of your child’s paternity, it is important you look past this fear and consider the following benefits.

Legal Benefits

Determining the paternity of a child is important to ensure a child is eligible to receive benefits from both parents. If a person or child does not have a father’s name listed on their birth certificate, these benefits would otherwise be denied in several other states.

Benefits may include the following:

  • Child support
  • Inheritance rights
  • Life insurance
  • Veteran’s benefits
  • Social Security from a disabled or deceased parent

From the perspective of the parent, establishing paternity can affirm a father’s parental rights to visitation and custody. Presumed fathers who are paying child support will no longer be required to make payments if a DNA test determines they are not the biological father.

Emotional Benefits

Knowing one’s biological parents satisfies a deep, unrelenting urge to know who we are and where we came from. Children who have a sense of belonging to a family unit have a higher tendency to develop into confident individuals with a strong understanding of their identity. Research also shows that children who have a father in their lives perform better in school.

In addition to the affirmation of self-identity, legally establishing paternity can strengthen the bond between a child as his or her father. Fatherhood opens up the door to interaction between a child and other members of the father’s family, if possible.

Medical Histories

Genetics play a major role in a person’s health. For this reason, knowing both biological parents’ medical histories can be vital for accurately diagnosing and treating certain illnesses and disorders. By knowing the father’s medical history, doctors can test a child for any hidden conditions they may have inherited. If a child should ever require blood transfusions or an organ transplant, a father’s medical information can be greatly useful to help find a matching donor, particularly for those who have uncommon blood types.

Contact a Compassionate Riverside Paternity Lawyer

If you are looking to establish the paternity of your child, a knowledgeable Riverside paternity attorney from Hanson, Gorian, Bradford & Hanich can represent your interests in court and guide you step-by-step through the associated legal channels. With more than 50 years of combined experience, our Certified Family Law Specialist can answer any questions you may have and help you seek the truth.

To find out more about what our skilled legal professionals can do for you, request a free consultation or call us today at (951) 687-6003.