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If the parents of a child are not married, paternity must be established and proven in order for the father to secure his parenting rights. This usually involves the use of DNA testing. This process of establishing paternity can be implemented by either the mother or father. A mother who seeks to establish paternity will typically do so in order to obtain child support from the father. In the alternative, the unmarried father will typically seek paternity to establish his parenting rights with the child or to refute paternity when denying the responsibility to pay child support. Given the formal nature of these proceedings, utilizing an experienced family law attorney is paramount to your rights in a paternity case.