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establish paternity, Milwaukee paternity lawyer, parental rights, unmarried parent, Voluntary Paternity AcknowledgementA child deserves to have a relationship with and receive support from both parents, whether his or her parents are married or unmarried. In cases when parents are not married at the time of a child’s birth, or when the identity of the child’s father is in question, it is important to follow the proper legal procedures to establish paternity. This will ensure that a child’s parents can exercise their parental rights and that the child will receive the financial support he or she needs from both parents.

Methods of Establishing Paternity

Wisconsin law recognizes three ways to establish paternity: 

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Milwaukee paternity lawyer, establishing paternity, paternity, acknowledging paternity, young parentsAll children have the right to receive support from both of their parents. When a child is born to unmarried parents, however, it is thus necessary to legally establish the child’s paternity. Doing so allows a child’s custodial parent to receive financial support from the other parent and provides both parents with rights to share in custody and visitation of their children. Moreover, the establishment of paternity gives children rights to inherit their parent’s assets, to access family health history, and to receive insurance or Social Security benefits.

In many cases, establishing paternity is a straightforward process. However, when one or both parents are under the age of 18, complications can arise.

Establishing Paternity for Minor Parents

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