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To explain a bit..................In the United States one who is proven to be the biological father will be held responsible for child support if the biological mother files an action...either through an administrative child support enforcement agency or files a paternity suit in a local family law court.
An administrative order would hold the biological father responsible for paying child support of a certain amount based upon income of both parties, but would not give the father any rights in regards XXXXX XXXXX custody.
A paternity action would not only set a child support order, but would allow the father to essentially become the legal father and petition for child custody rights if he wanted this.
In most states a father can be held responsible for medical bills associated with the child birth as well as costs of pursuing the action in the first place.
You can file the paternity suit if you like in order to declare yourself as the legal father and make her the respondent. This would be a more proactive approach, but it is not necessary.
BE CAREFUL HOWEVER, if you are uncertain as to whether you are the father DON'T SIGN ANYTHING because this could be a means for the court to hold you liable for child support for a child which is not yours. If you sign to acknowledge paternity while knowing this is in question you may be estopped from later denying yourself as the father. The best way is generally to file a paternity action yourself and request a DNA test so you can be certain. Then you also have the option in regards XXXXX XXXXX you want to pursue custody time with the child.
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thanks for answering. I know the kid is mine and i'm a biological father,but should i sign the paper that proves that i'm a father,can she use this against me after and file for a law suit after?