The Paternity Of Child Support Programs

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Paternity Establishment Establishing paternity gives a child born outside of marriage the same legal rights and privileges as a child born to married parents. Children gain access to family medical history and rights to inheritance, fathers’ medical and life insurance benefits, social security and veterans’ benefits, and child support. In addition, Native American children gain tribal enrollment rights. Oregon’s Child Support Program assists parents with paternity cases. Unmarried parents can establish paternity either by submitting paperwork, or through a court or administrative legal process. If the mother and father agree that the child is his, they can sign a “Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity” form. If either parent would like to establish paternity for the child, he or she can fill out an "Affidavit in Support of Establishing Paternity" form with or without the other parent 's voluntary acknowledgment. The Child Support Program will also assist with genetic testing if an alleged father does not believe he is the biological parent. If the father does not deny that he is the child’s father within 30 days of the affidavit, the order will be finalized 34 days after it was served. Child Custody If unmarried or divorced parents cannot reach agreement concerning child custody or visitation, a legal order can be made through the court system. Either parent may be granted custody of the child, or both may share equally in physical custody and/or decision-making responsibilities. There is no legal connection between payment or non-payment of child support and rights to visitation. In Oregon, parents can have either joint or sole custody. Joint custody is when parents share the decision-making about a child. It does not refer ... ... middle of paper ... ...so help pay for personal incidental items such as uniforms, hygiene items, work boots, and diapers. Most adults receiving TANF are required to participate in Oregon’s Jobs Opportunity and Basic Skills (JOBS) program. The program offers assistance with job search, high school and GED completion, vocational and job training, life skills, and family stability services. Other Helpful Resources Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (OCADSV) OCADSV is a statewide coalition of shelters and services for victims of domestic and sexual violence. Services vary by county and include a 24-hour hotline, emergency shelter and transitional housing, support groups, counseling/mental health therapy, legal advocacy, children/youth programs, and community education and prevention. The website includes additional online resources and a list of services by county.

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