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Category Archives: Paternity

How Can an Unmarried Father Prove Paternity to Get Custody in New York?

How Can an Unmarried Father Prove Paternity to Get Custody in New York? When a child is born to unmarried parents, there is no legal father unless paternity is established. Until that is done, the father has no legal rights or obligations concerning the child. He cannot be required to pay child support. He also…
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Fathers Have Equal Rights in Syracuse

Fathers Have Equal Rights in Syracuse If your only experience with divorce is that of your parents or a relative, it may be easy to develop some misperceptions about the process. The divorce and child custody process, after all, has changed through the years. For example, one of the biggest misconceptions is that in a…
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New York Bill Would End the State’s 27-Year Ban on Paid Surrogacy Contracts

According to reporting from the Gotham Gazette, a group of New York legislators is pushing a bill that would end the state’s 27-year ban on paid surrogacy contracts. Known as the Child-Parent Security Act, the bill is making its way through the state legislature and, if passed into law, would both end the paid surrogacy…
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Involuntarily Proving Paternity in New York

If you do not have a husband but have a child, then there is no legal presumption as to who the father of the child is. The lack of such a presumption makes it necessary to prove who the father is if you want your child’s father to have both the rights and responsibilities associated with legal…
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Voluntarily Claiming Paternity: A Closer Look

Becoming a father is a huge life stage. It means you no longer are in life on your own – instead, you have someone else who is counting on you to make his or her life better from the very start. There are many of us who want to take on this life stage and look…
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The Different Types of Paternity

All too often, the law takes something that sounds incredibly simple, and makes it a serious and debatable issue. Paternity is one of them. What Is Paternity? Paternity is the legal status as a child's father. While this is simple enough, the realities of life can make it very complex very quickly. When a child…
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