Benefits of Establishing Paternity
Many men have questioned why the need exists to establish paternity for a child in Florida. The truth is that establishing paternity benefits all parties involved: the father, mother, and the child in this situation. Benefits of legally verifying the father of a minor child extend beyond the financial and can have legal and emotional benefits for everyone, as well. If you would like to learn more about the benefits of establishing paternity, don’t hesitate to reach out to a skilled Tampa paternity attorney today.
One of the most significant benefits for a child when paternity is established is financial assistance. If the mother is in need, she can request child support payments from the father but in many situations a single mother is capable of providing for her child. In these situations, you can provide additional assistance where it is needed, such as helping to pay for school supplies, extracurricular activities, and presents on holidays.
In addition, establishing paternity also creates an inheritance right for your child. This allows the child to inherit from your estate when you pass away, providing further financial benefit after you are gone. This may also entitle your child to collect additional benefits from federal assistance programs, such as Social Security, veteran’s benefits, and life insurance policies.
There are also many legal benefits to establishing paternity for a child. The most important is the ability of the father to assert custody or visitation rights over the child. This can be particularly important if the child is not currently in a stable living environment or the mother is not supportive of the father wanting to create a relationship with their child. Depending on the facts of the case, a father that establishes paternity could ultimately win sole or joint custody of the child and substantial visitation rights as a father.
Finally, there are significant emotional benefits to all parties involved when paternity is established. The father gets an opportunity to create a relationship with their child, and the child has the knowledge of who they are and where they came from. Medical histories can be created that can substantially help a child if there is ever an emergency, and both parents can be assured that doctors have all of the information they need to properly treat the child. The mother also benefits emotionally, as she no longer needs to avoid or delay questions from the child about their father, and everyone has an opportunity to grow closer as a family.
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The benefits of establishing paternity for a minor child are many and can affect everyone involved in that family situation. To learn how to establish paternity for a child or to talk to an expert on how verifying paternity can help, call the office or contact us today in Tampa Bay at the law office of Blair H. Chan, III now.