Paternity refers to the process of establishing a child’s legal parent. The process is not necessarily limited to the father and child relationship nor is it dictated by biology given that modern families come in many different forms. It is crucial to establish the legal parent and child relationship as soon as possible to ensure that future issues of support, custody, and inheritance for a child can be ascertained. Whether you are expecting a child who has not yet been born or have parented a child for years without establishing parentage, the lawyers at Gapen, Johnson & Larson can help you understand your rights and responsibilities during this process.