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What is Paternity?

Paternity is a term meaning the legal father of the child. Paternity can be established either by the court or by both parents completing and signing a paternity declaration in the hospital or in the Local Child Support Agency, provided the MOTHER of the child is not married at the time of signing. The declaration is then filed with the State.

If paternity (fatherhood) has not been established, Child Support Services will take the necessary steps to establish paternity. Establishing paternity provides a child of unmarried parents the same legal rights as a child born to married parents.

Contact the Department of Child Support Services to open a case or to sign a Paternity declaration for your child or children.

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