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Paternity means having legal fatherhood established.  Living together does not establish paternity.  If the parents of a child are married to each other, the husband is the legal father of any child born or conceived while the parents are married.  If the parents are not married to each other, it is important to legally establish paternity so that the child has a legal father.  Establishing legal fatherhood gives certain rights and benefits to the father, the mother and the child.

All child support agencies can help in establishing paternity.  Once paternity is established, the child support agency can help by getting a court order for child support for the child. You may also choose to consult with an attorney to assist with the establishment of paternity.