If the parents of a child are not married, paternity must be established and proven for the father to secure his parenting rights. This usually involves the use of DNA testing. This process can be implemented by either the mother or father. A mother who seeks to establish it will typically do so to obtain child support from the father. In the alternative, the unmarried father will typically seek it to establish his parental 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 this case.