Child Support Handbook Chapter 3: Establishing Fatherhood.

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Office of Child Support Enforcement, Administration of Children and Families.
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All states have programs that give unmarried parents the opportunity to acknowledge the father’s paternity of the newborn at the hospital. States must also help parents acknowledge paternity up until the child’s eighteenth birthday through vital records offices or other offices designated by the state. Even if the parents plan to marry after their baby is born, establishing paternity helps to protect the relationship between the child and the father.


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