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Paternity and your child

If you believe that you are the father of a child in Michigan, but you have never been married to the mother, you may be wondering whether it is a good idea to establish and assert your rights as a parent. Along with these rights come responsibilities that may seem like they will be a challenge, particularly if your relationship with the mother has been difficult or non-existent. We at The Law Office of Lorrie J. Zahodnic, P.C., have counseled many fathers in your situation about the benefits of parenthood.

The U.S. Administration for Children and Families explains that by establishing paternity of your child, you are taking steps toward protecting his or her health. For example, your child has a right to know what issues may be present in your family medical history. If you qualify for certain benefits, such as Social Security Disability or military health insurance, your child may also be eligible.

Research suggests that your child has a better chance of success if you are involved in his or her life. The parent-child bond is beneficial for both of you, and can promote developmental health for your child, as well. The relationship your child develops with your family may also be important emotionally and psychologically.

While child support may seem like a liability rather than a benefit to you, taking part in providing for your child’s needs is an important responsibility that may have far-reaching effects for both of you. More information about paternity is available on our web page.

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