You never got married, but you had a baby. That child is the most important thing in the world to you. You want to make sure your child is protected. Maybe you and the other parent got along great for years, and now you just cannot work it out among yourselves any more. Maybe the two of you lived together and you just broke up. All of the sudden, you can no longer visit with your own child! Maybe you are worried that if you let the other parent visit without a court order, he or she won’t give the baby back. How can you keep your children out of the middle?
Children are expensive to raise. How are you both supposed to afford to support the children. What if you need daycare-who pays? What if you don’t like the other parent’s babysitter-can you object? Parents worry about their children. Problems need to be solved. You are no longer together, but you still share a child. You need help learning how to cooperate for the sake of your child’s future.
A paternity suit is a lawsuit between parents who have children together, but were never married. The function of a paternity case is to determine who the natural father of the child is, make orders for child custody and visitation, and to award child support. In order to begin a paternity suit, one of the parents must file a paternity action. There will then be a court hearing, will orders will be made regarding the child.