The establishment of paternity gives a child born outside marriage the same legal rights as a child born to married persons. Children with legal fathers are entitled to benefits through their fathers. These benefits include: Social Security benefits, veteran`s benefits and inheritance rights. Children may also benefit by knowing their families` biological, cultural and medical history. Child Support offices help parents establish paternity for a child who does not have a legal father. Paternity must be established before the court can establish the father`s obligation to pay child support.
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