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Paternity Matters in Maryland

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Having two parents has many advantages as a child, which is why establishing paternity is of great importance. Your child may be eligible for child support and several benefits such as health insurance, life insurance, Social Security, inheritance, and veteran’s benefits. Additionally, understand the family’s complete history of hereditary diseases and illnesses can provide immense help to doctors if your child becomes sick.

If you wish to establish paternity to assert your parental rights or need to prove the identity of the father to obtain support for your child in Maryland, our Waldorf family law attorney at the Law Office of Robert R. Castro, P.A. will work with unmarried fathers and mother order to help them achieve the best possible results. We can help you find the proper approach toward resolving your parenting time and child support issues.

How to Establish Paternity

There are several ways to establish paternity in Maryland. The most common method is when both parents are married when the child was born. Additionally, paternity can be established after the parents get married, as long as the father orally acknowledges or writes that the baby is his.

Another way is to have the father sign an “Affidavit of Parentage” while he is at the hospital, allowing the father’s name to be included in the child’s birth certificate. It is also possible to complete the form at a later time and then send it to the Division of Vital Records; however, both parents must sign in the presence of a notary public.

If none of the methods listed above can be achieved, the final way to establish paternity is to go to the court to file for a paternity action. The parties may be asked to participate in genetic testing. If the genetic test results determine a paternity probability of over 99 percent, a court hearing may be scheduled to establish paternity.

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Establish paternity can be complicated, which is why our Waldorf family lawyer can help you navigate through the complexities of the legal process to help you obtain the outcome you desire. Let us help you give your child the support he/she needs to live a fulfilling life.

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