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Establishing Paternity Through Voluntary Acknowledgment

By Paula Roberts

Paternity acknowledgment has become a popular means of easily establishing paternity for the children of unmarried couples. However, advocates should be aware of potential pitfalls—the unavailability of forms and services, questions about the legality of voluntary acknowledgment by minors, and the issues that arise when seeking rescission or challenging validity—in order to advise their clients better and shape their states’ acknowledgment procedures.

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