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How can you establish paternity?

For fathers in Indiana, it's important to establish paternity. You won't have any legal say in the child's life without this, and divorcing parents will find it difficult to determine how to divide child custody time. There are four different methods that you can use to determine paternity with, including ways to establish paternity after a child has been born.

The rise of single father households

Single motherhood is a topic with which many Americans are all too familiar -- while often not the simplest of situations, countless mothers are successful in raising one or more children entirely on their own. Single fathers, on the other hand, have been a largely ignored aspect of divorce and separation in Indiana in the past. Shifts in attitudes towards single-father homes could increasingly change the way society looks at single fathers and the stress they face when raising children alone.

Parental rights in complex situations

Determining parental rights in any case can be complex, but what if those involved are guilty of sexual assault?  A topic under scrutiny in today's world is that of parental rights of rapists -- seven states in the country have no laws keeping rapists from seeing their children. Yet what is the outlook on this controversial law, and will Indiana see major changes in the future?  

The details of fathers' rights

In addition to the stress that divorce procedures often induce, deciding parental rights can be an incredibly challenging ordeal. There are many cases in which fathers do not gain adequate or fair rights to their children. Similar to other states in America, Indiana prioritizes the best interests of children involved in divorce, and fathers may choose to move forward through legal processes in order to gain partial or full custody of their children. 

Father's rights in Indiana

Whether stemming from divorces or unwed situations, child custody can be complex and difficult to determine. Indiana's child custody laws rely on a number of factors, and the court may give parents physical custody or legal custody.

Contesting presumed paternity

In Indiana, simply being married can establish the legal paternity of a child. According to the Illinois General Assembly, a man is assumed to be the father of any child born during his marriage or within 300 days of the end of his marriage. Even if the marriage is later deemed invalid, the paternity still stands. In some situations, parents may know the mother’s husband or ex-husband is not the father of the child. They may then wish to have the assumption of paternity voided. This presumed paternity can be challenged or made invalid in a couple ways.

What methods of DNA testing for paternity are available?

There are many reasons men in Indianapolis wish to find out whether or not they are the father of a child. In order to do so, you will need to undergo some form of DNA testing in order to ascertain whether you are a child’s biological parent. Here is what you need to know about the different types of tests that are available.

What is paternity fraud?

Like most fathers in Indianapolis, you likely share a strong bond with your children. Yet what if you were to discover that, at least from a biological perspective, your children were not your own? While your love for them may not be affected by such a revelation, it could certainly prompt the question of why you may have been led to believe that they were. In some cases, it could be that you were the victim of paternity fraud.

Can failing to pay child support keep me from getting a passport?

As a father, you may have all sorts of concerns after a divorce. For example, you may be worried about your ability to pay alimony or spend time with your child. However, child support can be particularly troubling, especially if you are going through financial hardships. If you live in Indianopolis, or another part of Indiana, failing to make your child support payments on time could affect you in many different ways. Moreover, some men are told to pay child support for a child which is not theirs. If you are worried about being required to pay child support for a child that is not biologically yours, you should explore all options, such as DNA testing.

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