Unwed fathers in Illinois have to go through extra steps to establish paternity. For some, the effort may not seem worth it initially. This is because fathers do not understand how crucial legal paternity is.

Today we will look at exactly why this is so crucial. We will take a look at why fathers may want to consider establishing paternity. To do this, we will examine the primary benefit.

Establishing paternity to be in your child’s life

The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse has a convincing primary argument. They believe anyone who wants involvement in their child’s life should establish paternity. This goes for any sort of involvement at all. Do you want to have a say in the religion of your child? Do you want to know if your co-parent ever decides to move with your child? Do you want to be able to give your opinion on healthcare, including vaccinations?

Paternity and your opinions as a parent

Paternity is crucial in any of these hypothetical scenarios. Of course, you still have the ability to voice opinions. But the child’s mother is under no legal obligations if you are not established as the legal father. They do not need to listen or take them into serious consideration.

Another big reason is visitation rights. Without legal paternity, you have no footing to request visitation. This has the potential to mean you will not get to see your child on a regular, dependable basis. In fact, you may not get to see them at all. Once again, their mother is under no obligation unless you have legal paternity.

Do you have any interest in taking part in your child’s life? If you do, this is enough reason to establish paternity.