Parentage Matters to All
Establishing legal parentage is a critical step in your child’s life. All children deserve the benefits of knowing both parents and having a sense of family heritage, legal parentage makes that principle a reality.
This process allows fathers the opportunity to ensure they are a presence in their kids lives by establishing rights for custody and visitation so they can co-parent even if their relationship with the other parent does not last. If legal parentage is not determined, both lose out on many important life-long benefits such as;
- Parent – Child Relationship: The most important of all, both parents should have the opportunity to enjoy and grow in this relationship, this is also important for a child’s identity because it creates opportunities to learn about each parent’s culture.
- Relationship-Based Benefits: Legal parentage guarantees that a child has the right to many benefits like Social Security, inheritance rights, veterans, medical insurance, and others.
- Financial Support: If children are not supported by both parents, they often do not have enough resources to meet their needs.
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