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The ‘Why’ of Establishing Paternity in Michigan


Establishing paternity can be an important step for both the father and the child. For the father, it allows him to legally establish his relationship with the child and have a say in important decisions related to the child’s upbringing. For the child, it provides a sense of identity and allows them to access important benefits, such as inheritance and Social Security benefits.

It’s worth noting that, in some cases, establishing paternity can also be important for the child’s mother. If the father is legally recognized as the child’s father, the mother may be able to receive child support to help with the costs of raising the child.

In Michigan, as in many other states, the legal definition of a father can be complex and vary depending on a variety of circumstances. While some men may assume they are automatically considered the legal father of a child, Michigan law requires specific legal steps to be taken to establish paternity and parental rights. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at who is considered a legal father in Michigan and the steps involved in establishing paternity.

Presumption of Paternity

Under Michigan law, a man is presumed to be the father of a child if he is married to the child’s mother at the time of the child’s birth or if he has acknowledged the paternity of the child. Acknowledging paternity can be done by signing an Affidavit of Parentage, which is a legal document that establishes paternity and is usually signed at the hospital when the child is born. If a man signs an Affidavit of Parentage, he is legally recognized as the father of the child and has the same rights and responsibilities as any other legal parent.

However, if a man is not married to the child’s mother and has not signed an Affidavit of Parentage, he is not automatically considered the legal father of the child. In this case, paternity must be established through other legal means. The most common way to establish paternity in Michigan is through a DNA test. If the test shows that the man is the biological father of the child, he can then petition the court to establish paternity.

Once paternity has been established, the legal father has the same rights and responsibilities as any other legal parent. This includes the right to custody and visitation with the child, the obligation to financially support the child, and the ability to make decisions about the child’s education and medical care.

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