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This category is about establishing the paternity of a child or responding to a paternity case filed against one. Paternity legal issues pertaining to the biological father of a child, often involve issues of financial or parental rights. It can refer to establishing legal paternity or disputing paternity or parental rights.
Acknowledgement of Paternity
See these online forms from the Louisiana Department of Health. An acknowledgment of paternity is a legal document that is signed by a father to acknowledge that he is the biological father of the child. The document is typically used to establish paternity for the purpose of obtaining child support or other benefits for the child. It may also be used to establish legal rights for the father, such as the right to visitation or custody.
This resource explains how paternity is determined by operation of law and how paternity can be established, changed, or disavowed by a man presumed to be the father of a child by operation of law.
How to Order Louisiana Birth Records
Louisiana is a "closed record" state. This means that birth and death certificates are not public records. All requests for birth or death certificates must include proper identification, appropriate fees, and a completed application.
Understanding Custody by Consent
This resource explains how a Court can approve a Consent Judgment when parents agree on the issue of custody and what the Court will consider in deciding whether to approve the agreement.