Why establish parentage?
Establishing parentage gives a child a legal father. Children with legal fathers may have rights to benefits through their fathers, including the following:
  • Health care coverage
  • Inheritance rights
  • Social security benefits
  • Tribal registration benefits
  • Veteran’s benefits
  • Workers’ compensation benefits

    Children may also benefit by knowing their biological, cultural, and medical histories.

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    1. When is it necessary to establish parentage?
    2. Why establish parentage?
    3. Your child’s legal parentage must be established before the court will issue an order for support. How is parentage established?
    4. When is it necessary to establish child support orders?
    5. How is a support order established?
    6. How can I change my support order?
    7. How can I go about locating the other parent?
    8. What is income withholding?
    9. What happens to support collected on my case if I receive public assistance?
    10. How do I receive the support collected?
    11. What are my direct deposit choices?
    12. How are payments applied to my case?
    13. How do I receive child support?
    14. How does the child support agency collect arrears?
    15. What is the attorney / applicant relationship?