What is Paternity?

Paternity is the legal identification of a child’s father. Once paternity is established, the child’s genetic father becomes the child’s legal father with all the rights and duties of a parent.

Paternity can be established by:

  1. Presumption if the child’s mother and father are married at the time the child is born, or
  2. By filing an acknowledgement of paternity, or
  3. By a court order.