Unmarried Parents (UPA)
To officially establish a parent-child relationship between a child (or children) and unmarried parents a Parentage case may be filed under the Uniform Parentage Act. Once parentage is established, the court may make orders for child support, health insurance, child custody, visitation, name change, reimbursement of pregnancy and birth expenses, and restraining orders. Establishing parentage is also used to secure benefits, such as social security, veteran's, and inheritance rights.
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