Importance to the Mother
Establishing paternity also offers a number of benefits to the mother, including:
- Sharing physical and legal custody with the father
- Sharing parental responsibilities with the father
- Seeking child support payments from the father
- Sharing the costs of upbringing their child
- Creating plans for parenting time or visitation
Importance to the Father
Establishing paternity can also help the father by allowing him to:
- Gain legal rights to the child
- Participate in their child's life and the upbringing of the child
- Become eligible for custody or parenting time
Establishing Paternity in Kansas
There are two ways to establish paternity in Kansas. These two categories include voluntary paternity and involuntary paternity. The difference between the two is as follows:
Paternity is established voluntarily by signing the "Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity (VAP)" form. Each parent must sign the form and date it in the presence of a witness. Once signed, the father's name will be added to the child's birth certification.
When paternity is disputed, parentage may be established involuntarily through the judicial process. The court may order genetic testing, and everyone must submit to testing. Based on the genetic testing results, if the alleged father is the baby's legal and biological father, the judge will issue a final paternity judgment. This certifies that paternity has been formally established, and the father's name will be added to the child's birth certificate.
Petition to Establish Parentage
Under Kansas law, any of the following persons or agencies may file a paternity action in court:
- The child
- The mother
- A government official or local prosecutor
- The presumed (alleged) father.
How an Experienced Family
Law Attorney Can Help
Fathers play a huge and vital role in the lives of children. If you are the child's father, you deserve to have parental rights, custody, or access to your child. Unfortunately, there can be a lot of legal complexities involved in establishing parentage. Therefore, when trying to establish paternity, it is important to consult with an experienced family law attorney who can provide detailed guidance and protect your legal rights.
At Cornerstone Law, LLC, I am committed to offering comprehensive legal counsel, advocacy, and reliable representation to clients facing family law and paternity-related matters. As your legal counsel, I can review the details of your unique situation, help you explore all of your rights and responsibilities, and examine your available legal options.
Additionally, I will help you complete and file the necessary legal paperwork and guide you through every phase of the legal process. I will work diligently with both parents in an effort to establish a fair parenting arrangement, including child custody, support, and visitation. Even if you need to take additional legal action, I can help you file a paternity action with the court.
Using my extensive experience, I will fight compassionately to protect your parental rights and your family's best interests. So if you or someone you know needs help with a paternity issue, call or reach out to my office today to schedule a case consultation.