Both parents have the right to have a relationship with their child. However, paternity must be established before the court will provide any orders relating to the parent-child relationship.
A paternity or parentage suit is a legal action taken to determine the biological father of the child and may be filed by the mother or alleged father.
THE IMPORTANCE OF FILING A PATERNITY SUIT
Once the father of the child is identified, the father can:
Request possession and access to the child
Seek to become the primary custodial parent
Ask the court to give the child his last name
Contest the adoption of the child by another man or person
Provide financial and medical support to the child
Additionally, if the court finds that the alleged father is not the father, the court will renounce the father’s responsibilities or obligations.