Why you should establish paternity
If you aren’t married to a child’s mother when that child is born, there is no guarantee that the state of Missouri will recognize you as the minor’s legal parent. However, it may be possible to conduct a DNA test to establish that there is a genetic link between yourself and the child who you believe is related to you. Let’s take a look at some of the best reasons to establish paternity.
You can seek greater parental rights to your child
Proving that you are the parent of a child may allow you to seek visitation or custody rights to your son or daughter. Generally speaking, the state believes that it’s in a child’s best interest to have both parents in their life. Of course, you’ll need to show that you can provide a safe and nurturing environment that a young person can thrive in before obtaining such rights.
Your child has the right to inherit your property
Establishing paternity means that your child has a legal right to inherit a portion of your assets. This right is generally protected even if you don’t have a will or other sort of formal estate plan in place at the time of your death. It is worth noting that no person can inherit property until reaching the age of majority. Therefore, if you are planning on leaving assets to a younger beneficiary, it may be worth putting the property in a trust.
Your child will have access to your medical history
Having access to your medical history may make it possible to take proactive steps to ensure that your son or daughter leads a healthy life. It may also provide clues as to what may be ailing your child if he or she presents with an illness that is hard to diagnose.
Establishing paternity may be as easy as submitting to a DNA test that has an accuracy rate of up to 99.9%. If your partner is unwilling to submit to such a test, a court may compel them to do so.