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How Can an Unmarried Father Prove Paternity to Get Custody in New York?
When a child is born to unmarried parents, there is no legal father unless paternity is established. Until that is done, the father has no legal rights or obligations concerning the child. He cannot be required to pay child support. He also cannot petition the court for custody or visitation. Establishing paternity is beneficial to the mother, father, and child. It gives the child the same rights and benefits that children born to married parents are entitled to and particularly gives all paternal rights to the father.
If the alleged father refuses to sign an Acknowledgment of Parenthood, or the mother refuses to sign, one or both parents can petition the court to determine paternity. The court will then order the mother, the child, and the alleged father to submit to certain genetic tests. Based on the results of the tests, the court will determine whether the alleged father is the legal father of the child.
If the man is found to be the biological father, the court will issue an order of filiation. This order names the man as the father of the child. After the order of filiation is issued, the father has all paternal rights.
For more information about establishing paternity for custody, contact us at the Bombardo Law Office in Syracuse. You can reach us online or call us at (315) 488-5544.
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