Why should I establish who the father of the child is?

Establishing paternity for children born outside of marriage gives children the same legal rights as children born to married parents. Children with legal fathers may have rights to benefits through their fathers such as:

  • Health care coverage
  • Rights of inheritance
  • Social Security
  • Tribal
  • Veterans
  • Workers Compensation benefits

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1. How do you locate a parent?
2. Why should I establish who the father of the child is?
3. How is paternity established?
4. How do I establish a support order?
5. How are the payments managed?
6. Where can I get payment information?
7. How can I make a child support payment?
8. What happens if the payer doesn't pay?
9. How can I get my court order changed?
10. What is the effective date of a court order?
11. Does the County Attorney’s Office or the Child Support Office represent me when handling a child support matter in court?
12. What happens if the other parent lives in a different state?
13. How does the automatic cost of living increase work?
14. Who can I call for more information?