Sometimes establishing paternity may not be best for the child. Examples include the following:

  • the man is not willing to parent the child
  • the man has abused the mother, the child, or his other children
  • the man is involved in illegal or dangerous activities
  • the baby is the result of rape

If paternity is not established, the mother alone will be responsible for taking care of and supporting the child. The mother alone can decide when and whether the dad can see the child.

However, the father can file in court to establish paternity and ask for custody and visitation.


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