When a married couple gives birth to a child, the paternity is legally assumed to be that of the husband. What is interesting about the topic of paternity, however, is due to the fact that just because a man's name is listed as the
father of the child on their birth certificate, does not necessarily mean that they are the blood related birth father. A father is not legally required to sign the certificate of birth, so it gives the mother the option to list whomever they would prefer to be considered the father of their baby, even if it is not the birth parent.
If a birth father decides what they do not want any part in the life of the child, they may be held accountable by the court to still provide support for the child if there is proof of paternity. In the event that a male and female had a baby outside of wedlock, and the father later down the road decides he wants to play a role in the life of his child (perhaps he wasn't aware until years down the road about the baby) he may seek to have paternity proven with a simple test.
Once a father proves that he is the paternal parent of the child, which gives him rights to custody or visitation, while also giving the mother the right to receive support payments in order to care for the child. The legal significance of proving paternity is beneficial for both the parent and the child for a number of reasons. If you are a parent and seek to prove paternity, do not hesitate in contact a Long Island family attorney at the Meyers Law Group, today for more information about the legal process. We will do whatever we can to help your current situation, call us now to learn more!