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Woman seeks to prove paternity of daughter and ask for legal help

The expectation of a new baby into the family is usually a joyous occasion for the parents and extended family members. Unfortunately, unexpected circumstances can hinder the joyous occasion. One woman's first weeks with her newborn have been emotional and stressful. She has requested a New York court for the permission to test her dead husband's DNA to prove his paternity of her daughter before he is buried.

Paternity tests may help New York fathers with custody concerns

Being a father is an experience that many men enjoy. However, some individuals may not know they are fathers until a considerable amount of time after their children have been born. As a result, these individuals may have to go to considerable lengths to establish paternity and work to gain custody of -- or visitation with -- their children. 

New York residents may have different options for divorce

When going through divorce, there are different ways that New York residents could approach their cases. Some individuals may wonder whether they could handle the proceedings entirely on their own and others may want to know more about the different types of legal assistance available. Of course, the specific details of each divorce may be factors in deciding the best routes to follow.

Voluntary and formal paternity proceedings

While it used to be less common, many New York parents are having children before they get married. In these cases, an unmarried father may sign an Acknowledgment of Paternity in order to establish legal rights to his child. If an alleged father did not sign the such an acknowledgement at the birth of the child, refuses to sign it or is blocked by the mother, there are several ways by which the father may be declared the child's legal father.

When and how to challenge paternity

Knowing the identity of a child's father is very important when custody matters arise in New York. A child's mother and father have rights and responsibilities concerning a child that others do not. Determining paternity may allow a father access to a child or allow a guardian to receive support from a father.

How is paternity determined through DNA tests?

DNA technology has advanced to the point where paternity testing can identify a child's father with very little error. When a couple in New York needs to determine paternity, one can compare DNA samples for similarities. DNA fingerprinting is a simple way to determine paternity, and this process involves using a restriction enzyme to cut out some sequences of DNA but not others and then compares the results. When using restriction enzymes to create DNA fragments, what is left of a child's DNA would resemble a combination of two parents' DNA.

What are the benefits of establishing paternity?

Because a child born to parents who are not married does not have a legal father, New York residents involved in such a situation may need to legally establish paternity. Some may wonder whether this is really necessary, and it is helpful to note that this effort assures a child of the same rights and benefits that a child born to married parents receives. These benefits may include having access to medical and life insurance benefits from either parent when available. Additionally, this provides a child with access to important family information related to medical issues.

NBA player files for child custody

New York basketball fans may be interested to hear that Indiana Pacer player Paul George has taken legal steps to gain sole custody of his two-month-old daughter. A prenatal paternity test showed that George is most likely the father of the child, but he has agreed to take another test to prove his paternity. If he is the father of the baby, he wishes to take care of the child without sharing parental responsibilities with the mother.

Man to pay child support despite not being biological parent

When it comes to family law, the issue of what defines a parent can often be a delicate one. Many children in New York have non-biological parent figures, whether they are adoptive parents, stepparents, legal guardians or otherwise. When it comes to matters of custody and child support though, clarity in these issues is particularly important. In one recent case, a man has found himself paying support for a child who has been proven not to be his.

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