If you've never married to your child's other parent, then you could have dozens of questions about your rights as a parent to your child. Here are some common questions about paternity and how you can acknowledge that you're the father to your newborn, or growing, child.
First of all, start at the beginning of your child's life. If you weren't married to the mother of the child, then you won't automatically be listed as the father of your child. What do you need to do? In most cases, you need to file a document called a Stipulation for Voluntary Acknowledgement of Parentage. By doing so, you'll be volunteering to take on the responsibility of being the child's father. It takes 60 days for this form to pass through the court, and at that point, it's legally binding.