If you were never married to the other parent of your child you still have legal rights and responsibilities.  First, there must be a preliminary determination of Paternity.  The parties can agree that they are both the parents of a child.  Either parent can also request a DNA test for Paternity.

Once paternity is established the parents need to make decisions with regard to the parenting and support of their child.  Child support can be determined by the Court, the Department of Child of Support Services, or by the parents by agreement.  Child Custody and Visitation is the most important aspect and should be determined with the assistance of counsel to ensure both parties rights are protected. As a paternity lawyer our office can help with this process.