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Riverside County Department of Child Support Services
Step 3: Establish Paternity

Paternity means fatherhood. When a married couple has a child, paternity does not need to be established. The law automatically presumes the husband is the child's legal father.

When an unmarried woman has a child, paternity should be established to provide the child with the same legal rights as a child born to married parents. Also, the court will not order child support, or determine custody or visitation, until paternity has been legally established.

  Understand the Process
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  red dot  Step 1: Open a Case
  red dot  Step 2: Locate
  red dot  Step 3: Establish Paternity
Tree Image How Children Benefit
Tree Image How to Establish Paternity
  red dot  Step 4: Establish Order
  red dot  Step 5: Enforce Order
  red dot  Step 6: Collect Support
  red dot  Step 7: Close a Case

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