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Establishing paternity for out-of-wedlock children

The author of a study published in the journal 'Human Nature" explored the reasons why men voluntary establish paternity when they are not wed to their children's mothers and the effects on kids when paternity is not established. This information might be valuable to Texas residents since there are nearly 750,000 infants born each year that go home from the hospital without legal paternity being established.

According to the author, men are more likely to acknowledge paternity when the mothers are higher educated, healthier and wealthier. They also seem more inclined to claim to be the legal fathers when the infant is male and the mothers are not adolescents and took care of themselves during their pregnancies. Interestingly, the study found that babies with established paternity were also more likely to be breastfed. The actual numbers seem to apply across the board, although there are some fluctuations between different racial or ethnic groups. Establishing paternity early on can also be linked to fathers being more involved in their children's lives and having a stronger claim to custodial rights and make it easier for states to collect child support if needed.

The information revealed by the study might also be helpful in identifying the cases where the fathers are unlikely to confirm paternity. In these situations, social and health programs, including measures to involuntary establish paternity, may be created in order to support the mothers and infants.

When fathers' rights are threatened, a lawyer might be able to find information to resolve the dispute. In some situations, a father's case might be stronger if paternity was established when the child was born. Other times, involuntary paternity might have to established, and an attorney could compile the necessary evidence.

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