Why a dad really does make a difference…
In the state of Ohio, if the mother and father are not married when their child is born, the child does not have a legal father unless paternity is established.
All kids deserve the right to know who they are, where they come from, who their parents are and all benefits that come with establishing paternity.
Benefits of Establishing Paternity
What are the benefits of establishing paternity?
Identification- If paternity is not established the father will not be on the child’s birth certificate.
Medical- Children can benefit by knowing both parents medical history, especially if a child inherits a medical illness. When a doctor has both the mother’s and father’s medical history, the child’s unique needs can be addressed.
Support- Children deserve the support of both parents physically, emotionally and financially. Children of unmarried parents with no support from the noncustodial parent are much more likely to live in poverty and face other challenges growing up.
Benefits- When paternity establishment is acknowledged, children potentially have rights to other benefits such as medical insurance, social security, inheritance rights and even veterans benefits.
Legal- Paternity establishment creates a legal relationship between father and child. Legal parents have the rights to have a relationship with their child, and get help through the courts for visitation and/or custody if needed.
Information for Unmarried Mothers
As an unmarried mother, it’s important to understand the benefits of establishing paternity for you and your child.
Establishing paternity helps children…
Form a relationship with both parents
Develop a sense of identity
Know about both families’ medical histories
Get access to health insurance and benefits like Social Security and inheritances
Stay away from high-risk behaviors
Establishing paternity helps mothers…
Get help with responsibilities and decisions
Share the joys of being a parent
Divide the costs of bringing up the child
Information for Unmarried Fathers
As an unmarried father, it’s important to understand the benefits of establishing paternity and being a legal father.
Establishing paternity helps fathers…
Get legal rights to have a relationship with their child
Create an emotional bond with their child and be a part of their life
Share their side of the family with their child
Ask the court to assist with visitation and custody matters
Did you know that children of unmarried parents are 4 times more likely to be living in poverty?
But when fathers participate in their children’s lives, they can make a big difference. Studies show that children whose fathers play an active role in their lives are:
2 times less likely to drop out of high school
7 times less likely to become pregnant as a teen
Less likely to abuse drugs and alcohol
Less likely to have behavioral problems
Less likely to face abuse and neglect
Less likely to suffer obesity
Less likely to end up in prison