In many family law cases, paternity is an issue.Establishing paternity provides not only the identification of a father, but can also augment the financial support and long term stability of the child.
Establishing paternity may also allow a father to claim certain rights. As a father, you have the right to:
Legal custody (joint decision making regarding the child's education, medical, religious decisions for a child)
Physical custody (joint or sole custody of a child, which includes designation of primary residency. The court must determine what is in the best interests of the child
Preventing an adoption (a biological father must consent to an adoption by the child's mother and a third-party)