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As an unmarried parent, when it comes to your child, formally establishing paternity is the first step to determine everything else (custody, parenting time, decision-making authority, and child support).

Establishing paternity (a father’s legal parent/child relationship), dealing with an unfamiliar legal system, and negotiating with the other parent can be intimidating and over-whelming. A good family lawyer will educate you, help you identify realistic options, and lead you through the legal thicket.