These days more couples have children without ever getting married. Depending on your situation at the time the child is born, you may still need help establishing paternity. We are here to help you and the other parent establish paternity and put in place any parenting plan that may be required. Establishing paternity can ensure that you and your child(ren) are taken care of. There are many benefits for both mother and child including the obvious benefits of financial support and health insurance for the child. Additionally, a child may be eligible for other public benefits if the father is disabled or a veteran and would be an heir to the father’s estate as well.
Establishing Paternity to Obtain Child Support
Establishing paternity is an important first step in obtaining child support, which can be important for both you and your child. In addition to providing the basis for obtaining support from the other parent, establishing paternity gives a child born to unmarried parents the legal rights and privileges of a child born within a marriage. Those rights and privileges may include:
- Support from both parents
- Legal documentation of who his or her parents are
- Access to family medical records. Many diseases, illnesses, birth defects and other health problems are passed to children by their parents.
- Medical and life insurance coverage from either parent, if available
- Inheritance rights
- Social Security and Veteran’s benefits, if available
- The emotional benefits of knowing who both parents are
Putting Together a Parenting Plan
In addition to establishing paternity, we can also work with both of you to put in place a parenting plan that works for your life. We understand that every family is different, and we want to make sure that you and your co-parent can cooperate to establish a plan that benefits both you and your child(ren).
If you would like assistance with establishing paternity, contact the experienced mediators at San Diego Family Mediation Center. Call (858) 736-2411 to schedule your appointment today.