In Minnesota, if parents are not married when their child is born, all custodial rights to the child are automatically awarded to the mother. Even if the father signs a Recognition of Parentage at the hospital and/or if his name is on the birth certificate, he is not awarded any rights to the child unless he establishes those rights in court by bringing a formal court action.
If you are attempting to establish paternity of your child, you need to protect your rights by getting legal help from a paternity attorney who can explain the steps of proving paternity and what happens next. Proving paternity is not always as simple as taking a DNA test or making a motion in court on your own; you and your child also need legal protection to make sure that once paternity is proven or disproven, you can take the proper steps to ensure your child is cared for.
If you have questions about paternity or DNA testing for paternity, please contact the attorneys at Robinson | Duffy, PLLC today.