Paternity is defined as fatherhood. When a child is born, the legal identity of the mother is inherent, as she is the one who bore the child. However, there are cases when determining who bears the legal title of paternity can become muddled in a grey area. A biological father is not necessarily granted the title of paternity, especially if the child was born out of wedlock. This is a legal area that we pride ourselves for our expertise in, here at Nelson, Taylor, & Associates, whether it is making sure that a father has the rights to see his child, or whether it is getting a child the support they need.
Paternity is a right and a responsibility
There are two important sides to the coin of paternity. This legal title is an assertment of both rights and responsibilities. When paternity is established, it grants the father the right to custody and visitation of the child, while also gives them recognition, when it comes to making decisions about the future of the child. However, there is an amount of legal obligation to a child, after paternity is established. Paternity legally entitles the child to a degree of their father’s finances, including social security and insurance benefits. Having established paternity and maternity also provides two important pillars of a social structure for the child to have, financially.
Both parents’ rights must be recognized
After a child is born, it is important that the rights of both parents are recognized, regardless of marital status. A father’s right to see his child grow up, and to make input about the decisions that will affect their child’s life, is an inherently human one. This right should only be waived in a case where the father has given consent for it to be so, or in a case of abuse or criminal activity. At Nelson, Taylor, & Associates, we have made it a matter of principle for our institution to protect the rights of the parents and the child, until they have entered adulthood.