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FAQ - Paternity

What are the benefits of establishing paternity?

Establishing paternity can provide legal, emotional, social and economic ties between a father and his child. Once paternity is legally established, a father gains legal rights and privileges that are afforded to all parents. A child also gains certain rights when paternity is established. Among these may be rights to inheritance, rights to the medical and life insurance benefits of the father, Social Security and possibly veterans benefits. The child has a chance to develop a relationship with the father and to develop a sense of identity and connection to the “other half” of his or her family. Also, it may be important for the health of the child for medical history.

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