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Establish paternity now to avoid problems in the future

Many Kentucky couples are in committed relationships, yet remain unmarried. These couples often have children, and may not realize that the state does not automatically assume that the mother's partner is the biological father of the child. Simply putting the father's name on the birth certificate is not enough to legally establish paternity.

Establishing paternity is essential for unwed parents

These days, many Kentucky couples decide that marriage might not be right for them. Making that choice might come with numerous advantages, but when it comes to children, it puts both parents at a disadvantage. Eventually, the issue of paternity will need to be addressed in order to protect the parents and the child. It is not enough to simply put a name on the birth certificate.

Unmarried fathers and paternity actions: The support you need

When an unmarried couple has a baby, it can present certain complications that often require legal intervention in order to reach a reasonable resolution. While some are able to successfully co-parent without the need for a formal custody, visitation or support arrangement, fathers may find it necessary to seek legal support in order to protect their rights as biological parents. Kentucky fathers often turn to us when dealing with matters involving paternity and parental rights.

What to expect with paternity testing

There are numerous individuals in Kentucky and elsewhere that will require DNA testing in order to clear up questions about paternity. In doing so, support or custody concerns can then be addressed. The thought of paternity testing, for some, may be scary or even confusing. As with any medical test, it is understandable to have questions about what to expect during and after the procedure.

Should you seek spousal support during divorce?

If you are facing the end of a marriage, you likely have concerns over finances, both during and after the process is final. As Kentucky readers know, it is normal to have concerns about money during a divorce, especially if you did not work while you were married or you made significantly less money than your spouse. For this reason, many people choose to seek spousal support.

How to establish paternity in Kentucky and why it's important

Today, more U.S. couples are cohabiting and deciding to delay or forego marriage. As evidence of this societal shift, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, during 2014 alone, more than 40 percent of U.S. births were to single mothers. As it becomes more and more common for unmarried couples to live and have a baby together, unwed fathers are advised to take steps to protect their legal parental rights.

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