When an unmarried couple has a child together, they may sign and “Acknowledgement of Parentage,” often called an “Affidavit of Paternity.” It is common practice that these are provided to unmarried parents at the hospital. This document legally declares the parties are the child’s parents.
If the parties are unable to resolve custody, parenting time, and child support issues amongst themselves, this Affidavit of Paternity gives the parties legal standing to bring an action for custody, parenting time, and child support in the Family Division of the Circuit Court where the child resides.
If the parties have not signed an Affidavit of Paternity, a Paternity action may be filed in the court, by either the mother or the father of the child. In cases where it is necessary and appropriate, the court may order a DNA test to determine the paternity of the father. Once the parties agree, or the court makes a finding of Paternity, and Order of Filiation is entered, which legally determines the parties are the parents of the minor child, and gives the parties legal standing to pursue custody, parenting time, and child support issues.
Paternity Attorney Gaylord MI
Dealing with paternity and legal documents such as an Acknowledgement of Parentage is best done with the assistance of a paternity attorney. If you are dealing with issues regarding family law such as paternity, find a skilled family law attorney to help you. Harris Law is a skilled paternity attorney in Gaylord MI.