Should you establish paternity?

| May 13, 2020 | Firm News |

Tennessee fathers must ask themselves several questions on the birth of their child. One of these questions is whether you want to establish legal paternity. For many fathers, this is not a question they spend much time on. For others, it may be a question to agonize over. 

Today we will look at some of the reasons you may want to establish paternity. We will focus on the benefits for fathers. In specific, we will focus on fathers who believe they may split from their partner. 

Why is legal paternity important? 

National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse lists out reasons it is important to establish paternity. You cannot fight for custody or visitation rights without legal paternity. It is not always possible to tell how a relationship will end up. But some people know when their relationship is on the decline. You may know that divorce is in the future if married. If not, you may still split up. Even if you do not think this will happen to you, it may benefit you to err on the side of caution. 

What if you do not establish paternity? 

What if you decide not to establish paternity? You risk losing your child in the event of your relationship with their mother falling apart. The mother may take the child and move elsewhere. If you are not married and are not the established father, there is nothing to legally bind them to you. 

This is often devastating to fathers who do not realize paternity is so important. Do you wish to guarantee your involvement in your child’s life? If so, you must understand that establishing paternity is paramount to this. 

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