MN Paternity Law
In Minnesota, if the father is present at the child’s birth, both parents would have signed a Recognition of Parentage, which serves to establish paternity for purposes of establishing child support. However, a father has no legally enforceable rights at all to that child until and unless these are ordered by the Court. The parents can agree to a parenting plan and file that agreement with the Court, but until this Agreement is part of a Court Order, the mother is considered to have sole legal and physical custody of the child. This is important to remember, as child support my be taken from the father before his right to custody has been established by the courts.
As an attorney who has handled paternity matters for more than 27 years, Lisa Kallemeyn has helped many parents decide on a child-focused custody and parenting time agreement through the mediation process.