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Child Support – Establishing Paternity
Often, paternity or parentage must be established before an order for support can be established.
You can establish parentage for your child by signing a Recognition of Parentage form and filing it with the Office of the State Registrar or by going through a legal action in court. When a child is born to an unmarried mother, you can establish parentage if:
If any of these happens, parentage is established if no other documents filed earlier name another man as the child’s legal father.
Parentage must be established before a father’s name can be placed on a child’s birth record. For more information, please view the Power of Two video before signing the Recognition of Parentage form.
Information on establishing parentage includes:
The brochure, Being a Legal Father: parentage information for mothers and fathers (DHS-3159a) outlines and answers questions about establishing paternity for unmarried parents.
Paternity Establishment Administrators
Sign up for the Paternity Establishment Administrator’s mailing list. The list provides information, updates, and timely communication to staff at birth hospitals statewide that are required to provide unmarried parents the opportunity to establish paternity at the time of their child's birth. Others who are interested in paternity establishment information may also sign up.
Information will include alerts to changes in forms and parent material, training opportunities, and procedures and policies.
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