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Is establishing paternity important for your child?

91833012_S.jpgIf you have had a child with someone who you do not anticipate maintaining a relationship with, you may wonder whether or not it is important that you have an official document that declares paternity. However, being proactive about determining in writing, who your child's biological parents are can actually prove to be quite beneficial to his or her future. If you are trying to determine whether or not paternity is important for your child in Kansas, you may be interested in the potential benefits of your decision. 

According to verywellfamily.com, in situations where your child's father is not interested in voluntarily declaring that he is your child's parent, you can receive assistance in tracking him down and requesting an official paternity test. If your child's father does voluntarily claim paternity, there are a couple of ways that he could do it including being present at your child's birth or completing a form after the child is born. However, this form must be filled out in its entirety before the child turns 18-years-old. 

Once you have established paternity, you can make sure that your child has access to important medical records that could potentially disclose health risks that he or she may be subject to. Having legitimate paternity documents can also entitle you to receive financial assistance from your child's father. Finally, giving your child the opportunity to know who his or her father is, is an invaluable gift that may be instrumental in helping him or her establish identity in later years. 

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice. 

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