If an unmarried father is already paying support, is it necessary to establish paternity?

If an unmarried father is already paying support, generally that means paternity has already been established. Sometimes this is through an action by the Department of Revenue seeking child support. However, the Department of Revenue is not authorized to deal with child custody and time sharing issues. Therefore, a father should go ahead and file an action seeking an order awarding them parental responsibilities and time sharing.

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