Why should I complete a paternity affidavit?
Completing a paternity affidavit establishes a legal father for your child, which might lead to child support, health insurance, medical coverage, education costs, disability insurance, custody, visitation rights, Social Security, and more.
Establishing a legal father for your child may decrease the risk of learning disabilities, substandard academic achievement, behavioral problems, and teenage pregnancy.
Establishing paternity at the hospital is associated with more father involvement throughout the child’s life.
Paternity establishment may lead to more emotional support, social entitlement, and financial resources for children.
Children with fathers who provide for their children and who have positive and regular connections may have better emotional wellbeing and may have fewer behavioral problems.
Establishing paternity is associated with increased child support and visitation, which is positively associated with the child’s mental health and wellbeing.