If your child was born out of wedlock in the state of Nebraska, there may be no presumption of paternity, like there is for children born to married couples. However, it is widely held that children whose fathers are actively involved in their upbringing see significant benefits as a result. Even if you and your child’s other parent intend to marry after the birth of your child, taking steps to legally establish paternity may help safeguard the father-child relationship.

Among other benefits, establishing paternity creates an economic tie between children and their fathers. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Service’s Administration for Children & Families, paternity establishment provides a basis for child support obligations. Until paternity is legally established, the court cannot issue an order for the financial support of your child.

In addition to creating a basis for child support, establishing paternity grants children access to their fathers’ medical, life, Social Security and, in some cases, veterans’ benefits. Additionally, once paternity is established, children gain rights to inheritance under their fathers.

Paternity establishment also creates social and emotional ties between children and fathers. Legally establishing a man as a child’s father allows his child the opportunity to connect with the both sides of his or her family. Knowing their fathers and having a legal parent-child relationship is also important in helping children develop a sense of identity.

Through a legal establishment of paternity, children’s physicians may have knowledge of a child’s full medical background. Parents’ medical histories are often important in helping doctors diagnose certain health conditions.

This post’s information is meant only for general purposes and should not be taken as legal advice.