An unwed father has NO parental rights in New Jersey until a court grants you parental rights.
To establish parental rights, you must file a paternity
action. DNA tests will be performed on you, the mother
, and the child. If the tests come back positive, a hearing will be held and you will be declared the legal father of the child. At the hearing you will be ordered to pay child support
and you will be given visitation
rights, as well as a number of other parental rights.
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