A paternity or parentage action is the legal process to establish a father’s parental relationship with a child. Paternity means fatherhood. A paternity action can be started any time, even before a child is born. Mothers, possible fathers, the State of North Dakota, or even the child can bring such a proceeding.
Paternity actions can be a tricky, especially if there is more than one possible father involved. All parties need to make sure they follow specific requirements and timelines.
Establishing paternity is an essential step to develop any additional legal rights involving a child, such as determining residential responsibility, creating a parenting time schedule, and setting either parent’s child support obligation.