Parental Rights Planning

Kimberly Mcfarlane
Apr 13, 2024By Kimberly Mcfarlane

How DNA Testing Facilitates Parental Rights Planning
Understanding and navigating the legal landscape to establish parental rights can be a complex process for parents, especially when a child is born out of wedlock. At DNA TEST, we employ advanced AI technology to meticulously research relevant state laws that dictate the steps necessary to establish paternity and parental rights effectively. This research is crucial for parents who need to understand their legal responsibilities and rights concerning their children.

It is important to note, that if a child is born outside of marriage and the father has not established paternity at the hospital, the first necessary step is to undergo a legal paternity test. This test is not just a formality; it's a crucial part of affirming legal recognition as a parent, which then enables the father to take subsequent legal steps, such as claiming custody or visitation rights.

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The term 'ownership' might seem unusual in discussions about parental rights. However, it's important to clarify that while parents naturally assume that their child belongs to them, the legal fiction system often views the matter through the lens of "wards" or "state control." This perspective kicks into play from the moment a child is born in a hospital.

When a mother enters a hospital, she effectively consents to the hospital's jurisdiction and its staff's medical decisions. The hospital, as the first legal witness to the birth, creates a Live Birth Record. This document is essential, as it notifies the state of the birth of a live child. Under state jurisdiction, the hospital must report this event, leading to the creation of a Birth Certificate and a Social Security Number for the child.

It's crucial to understand that the state maintains the original documents related to a child’s birth. By holding these documents, the state presumes a sort of administrative 'ownership' over the child's official identity—this is because the state, through the birth certificate and social identity number, establishes a legal trust over the child.

In our upcoming segments, we'll explore further the implications of 'Trust' 'Agreements' and 'Systemic Protocols', 'Systems', in parental rights and how understanding these concepts can help parents navigate their legal responsibilities more effectively. Stay tuned for more insights as we delve deeper into the Department of Social Services and how DNA testing can be a powerful tool in affirming and protecting your parental rights.