Paternity actions are utilized to determine the existence of a father and child relationship. This is a legal proceeding pursuant to which the Court will make a finding as to whether someone is the natural and legal father of a child. Additionally, the Court will determine matters of custody, visitation, child support, health insurance, medical expenses, educational expenses, and other matters similar to a divorce action.

Frequently, parties sign a Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity. This document has the same effect as a judgment for paternity unless properly rescinded upon the earlier of 60 days after the signing of the Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity or the date of an administrative or judicial proceeding to determine the issues of custody, visitation or support.