Child Support: Importance of Paternity

Establishing paternity has many benefits for both you and your child(ren).  By establishing paternity you solidify and more clearly define parental rights and responsibilities such as custody and parenting time that can help foster the parent/child relationship.

Additionally, there are numerous legal reasons as to why establishing paternity can be important.  Paternity establishment affects other areas of law such as: education, insurance, health, taxation, probate, and disability law.  Many times, paternity establishment is necessary for your child to receive Social Security disability benefits. The following excerpt from the Indiana Social Security Newsletter provides an excellent example of how establishing paternity can tangentially affect other areas of law: 

"Most people think of Social Security as a part of their retirement plan, but Social Security is also a family protection plan with benefits for children, too. About 4 million children, including 80,000 children in Indiana, receive approximately $1.9 billion each month because one or both of their parents are disabled, retired or deceased. Those dollars help to provide the necessities of life for family members and help to make it possible for those children to complete high school.  Therefore, it is important that parents are aware of who can [acquire] benefits based on their Social Security earnings record -- and when."