If you are a father in Saratoga County who would like to seek visitation with, or physical or legal custody of, your child, you will only be able to do so in the event that you have established paternity. Establishing paternity is equivalent to securing legal parentage, and all rights associated with legal parentage, of a child. If you have not yet established paternity and would like to do so, our attorneys at The Colwell Law Group, LLC can help.
The Importance of Establishing Paternity
Establishing paternity is important for mothers, fathers, and children alike. For children, knowing who their father is and having an established legal relationship with their father is important because it provides them with the right to child support, inheritance, and benefits such as Social Security or veterans’ benefits, as well as the emotional and psychological comforts that are associated with knowing who one’s parents are. For mothers, when paternity is established, they can seek child support payments from the father if custody is not split equally. Paternity is important for both mothers and children as it provides children with access to healthcare from the father’s policy, and also provides both with important information about the father’s medical history. And for fathers, establishing paternity in Saratoga County provides them with the right to seek custody or visitation with their child.