Previous posts on this blog have talked about how Wisconsin parents can use what is called an Acknowledgement of Paternity form in order for a dad to establish paternity over a child born when he was not legally married to the child's mother. This form can be a real blessing to parents who may have every intention of raising their child together. However, before signing this form, it is important for both parents, and men in particular, to understand what the form legally does and does not do.
Adoption is a special process that unites a child with a family that wishes to grow in size, thereby creating a legal relationship between parents and the child. While some families grow through the birth of biological children, adoption creates equally important bonds between kids and their adoptive parents. Wisconsin families can choose to adopt children from within the United States or may look to grow their families through international paths.
Fatherhood is an important role that many men look forward to taking on. While some may have months to prepare for the birth of their child, others may learn that they are fathers only after their kids come into the world. In Wisconsin, there are three ways that a man may be established as the legal father of a child.
Becoming a parent can be both a wonderful and terrifying experience for a Waukesha resident. While few individuals feel ready to take on the incredible responsibilities that come with bringing a new life into the world, most parents have time to prepare themselves and their homes for the pending arrivals of their children. Couples who decide to start families together can work collaboratively to ready themselves for the massive changes that will occur when their babies are born.
Whether a child's parents are married at the time that the child comes into the world can have a lot of bearing on whether a man is considered a child's presumptive father. For example, in many jurisdictions a marriage between the child's parents that occurred before the child's birth will create a legal presumption that the husband is the father of the wife's child. When the parents are not married at the child's birth then this presumption is not created.
When a mother delivers a baby into the world it is very clear that the parent and child share a biological connection. Whether she delivers at home, in a hospital or in a different location a Wisconsin mother's identity is generally easy to identify as she has to present when her child enters the world. However, if a mother is not in a relationship with her baby's father or if she is unsure of who the father of her child is, knowing who the child's second parent is can be much less obvious.