Paternity situations arise when a child is born and the mother and father are not married. An action in paternity is simply the legal process used to show who is the father of a child. The easiest way for paternity to be established is for the mother and father to sign an Acknowledgment of Paternity form.
Issues often arise when a child is born to unwed parents and the parents are no longer together. When situations like this occur, it is important for the father to seek to establish paternity, custody and visitation rights because without doing so only the mother has legal custody of the child.
If the identity of the father is unknown or in question, a DNA must first be done to help determine who the father is. Information on the DNA testing process can be found here.
The Oklahoma Department of Human Services can establish paternity and enter a child support order, however, only the courts can establish rights of custody and visitation. If you are facing a situation where child support has been ordered against you and you would like to establish custody and visitation rights, please contact our office to set up a free initial consultation and we can begin the process of establishing your rights.