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Date posted: 04-Oct-2017

WHAT IS PATERNITY IN MICHIGAN?

Establishing paternity means determining that the biological father of a child that is born out of wedlock is in fact the legal father.

HOW IS PATERNITY ESTABLISHED IN MICHIGAN?

If the mother of a child is married when the baby is born, her husband is assumed to be the legal father, unless a court order or judgment says otherwise.

If the mother has been divorced or widowed for less than ten months, her husband at the time of conception is assumed to be the legal father, unless a court order or judgment says otherwise.

WHY SHOULD YOU HAVE PATERNITY ESTABLISHED BY THE COURT IN MICHIGAN?

Even if there is a Michigan Affidavit of Parentage filed with the State of Michigan, the biological father has no official right to custody or parenting time, nor is he obligated to pay child support. 

In Michigan, the Acknowledgment of Parentage Act provides that after a mother and father sign an acknowledgment of parentage, the mother is presumed to have custody of the minor child unless otherwise determined by the court or otherwise agreed upon by the parties in writing. Only after the Court enters a judgment or an order regarding Paternity (called a Judgment or Order of Filiation), does the father have official rights to custody and parenting time. Only after the Court enters a judgment filiation or an order of support, is the father required to pay child support. 

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT PATERNITY IN MICHIGAN

There is no charge for your initial phone consultation or office consultation

Watt Law Firm, P.C.
2951 Thornhills Avenue SE
Grand Rapids MI 49546
616-776-0000
www.wattlawfirm.com
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