Taking care of your children can get expensive and at times complicated.
There are many programs and organizations that can help you do the best you can. However, all the charity in the world will not replace one of the most important sources of information and help that is provided by a child’s father. Below are some detailed benefits of why you should establish your child’s paternity.
Benefits of Establishing Your Child’s Paternity
Below are three important reasons why you should consider establishing your child’s paternity.
Establishing your child’s paternity is important to ensure that he or she is eligible to receive benefits from both parents. If your child does not have the name of his or her father on his or her birth certificate, the following benefits would not be available:
- Child support
- Inheritance rights
- Life insurance
- Veteran’s benefits
- Social Security from a disabled or deceased parent
From your perspective as a parent, establishing paternity can affirm your child’s father’s parental rights to visitation and custody. Presumed fathers who are paying child support will no longer have to pay child support if a DNA test determines they are not the biological father.
When your children know their biological parents, it can satisfy a deep, unrelenting urge of who they are and where they came from. Children who have a sense of belonging to a family unit have a higher tendency to develop into confident individuals with a strong understanding of their identity.
Moreover, legally establishing paternity can also strengthen the bond between your child and his or her father. Fatherhood can open up the door to interaction between a child and other members of the father’s family as well.
Genetics plays a big role in our health. That is why it is particularly important to know who both of your biological parents are. Their medical histories can be vital in accurately diagnosing and treating certain illnesses and medical conditions. If you know your child’s biological father’s medical history, his or her doctors can test them for any hidden conditions that they may have inherited. Moreover, if your child ever needs a blood transfusion or organ transplant, his or her father’s medical information can be important in finding a matching donor.