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.
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
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.
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.
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.