A paternity or parentage action is the legal process to establish a father’s parental relationship with a child. Paternity means fatherhood. The purpose of a paternity action in Minnesota is to judicially determine parentage and determine additional parental rights and responsibilities. These actions help both parents establish rules moving forward, regarding the child’s schedule and various financial considerations.
A paternity action can be started any time, even before a child is born. A mother, a father, the County, or even a child (or a child’s representative) can bring such a proceeding.
Paternity actions can be a tricky, especially if there is more than one possible father. Minnesota statutory presumptions and prerequisites can be confusing. All parties need to follow applicable requirements and timelines.