Minneapolis fathers may be interested in learning about the legal definition of paternity and how it is established. Paternity can have a large impact on both a father's rights and the rights of the child with regard to support, education and other important life decisions.
Under the laws of Minnesota, "paternity" is the name given to the concept of legal fatherhood. While a child has a biological father if he or she was born to an unmarried couple, the child has no legal father. Even a birth certificate is not enough to establish paternity in those cases. Paternity can be established in one of two ways: either through filling out and filing a Recognition of Parentage form or by an order from the court. The ROP form simply acknowledges the child's biological parents. If the father is unwilling to sign the form, a paternity action must be brought in court seeking an order from a judge. This process may require genetic testing to discover if the man is the child's biological father.