Who’s your daddy? In New York State, a child born within a marriage is legally presumed to be the child of both spouses. In the event that the parents are unmarried, the couples can file an Acknowledgment of Paternity–which is a special form provided by the State of New York that can be used to declare paternity. While this Acknowledgement can be completed while still at the hospital, it can also be done anywhere else as long as the signing is done in front of a witness and in the presence of a Notary Public before being filed with the proper governmental agency. All parents should be aware that signing an Acknowledgment of Paternity waives your right to seek a DNA test at a later time. The acknowledgment will have the same force and effect as a court order of paternity.
Consequences of a Paternity Finding
There are numerous consequences of a paternity finding. In terms of the welfare of the child, it affects access to Social Security, veteran’s, inheritance, health care and life insurance benefits. It also provides a more comprehensive family medical history, assisting in the medical care of the child throughout the child’s life.
A paternity finding can afford the father custody or visitation rights.Child support can also be obtained or denied based on a determination of paternity. At the Law Offices of Elizabeth A. Douglas, PLLC we will make sure that you attain the smoothest resolution possible. If there is any doubt about the parentage of a child, Call Us and we will guide you through the process of determining paternity.