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Reasons why establishing paternity is important

Children born to unmarried parents in New York have no legal father under state law, which can put them at a number of disadvantages compared to other children whose fathers are known. This does not have to remain the case, however. According to the child support section on the New York state government website, unmarried parents can try to establish paternity for their child. There are several reasons why establishing paternity is important for any New York child.

When is child support ordered by the court?

There is a general understanding that when you have a child you and the other parent are financially responsible for caring for that child. This is the stance of the court in New York. According to the New York Courts, you actually are responsible for the financial care of your child until he or she is 21 years old. What you may not clearly understand is when the court gets involved in child support matters.

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