FREQUENTLY ASKED PATERNITY AND PARENTAGE QUESTIONS
I am not married and my former girlfirend is pregnant with our child. What do I do if she will not acknowledge that I am the father?
Where can I sign a Voluntary Paternity Declaration?
I could not sign the Voluntary Paternity Declaration at the hospital, now what?
If the parents of a baby are not married, a voluntary declaration of paternity may be signed at a hospital.
Voluntary declarations may also be obtained from the following:
- A child support agency
- The Registrars Office
- Facilitators Offices in California
- Social Services Departments
- Licensed hospitals
A father who anticipates that he will be excluded from the child's life, must take steps to insure that he parentage is established. The first thing he can do before a child is born is pay for medical bills. After the child is born he must do everything he can to try to see the baby, and he must file a paternity petition in court.
Can I get child support if paternity has not been established?
Can I file a paternity petition before the child is born?
Child support is available after paternity is established. Once a person is declared the father, he will not only be required to pay child support, he also be allowed to have visitation and custody with the minor child.
A paternity case can be started before or after a child is born. However, in some circumstances it must be started before the child is two.