Establishing paternity is the critical first step in establishing a parent-child relationship. Parentage may be established through the signing of a Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity (or VAP), legal adoption or by other means, including DNA testing.
Once that relationship is established, a court may determine a parent's rights to receive child support, allocate parental responsibilities for a child and establish parenting time. When parentage is established, a child has the right to a parent's Social Security or veteran's benefits, medical coverage, pensions and inheritance. This would include financial support, such as child support or contribution to a child's expenses, including education, childcare, extracurricular activities or uncovered medical expenses. Also, the medical genetic information of both parents is available for the child if needed for diagnosis and treatment of medical problems.
If you are in need of assistance to establish parentage or obtain parenting time with your child, a lawyer at Grunyk & Associates, P.C. can assist you.
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