Voluntary Paternity Acknowledgment: An Update of State Law
Publication Date: December 2006
Publisher(s): Center for Law and Social Policy
Author(s): Paula Roberts
Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Coverage: United States
Voluntary paternity establishment programs have been a great success for both parents and children. While federal law sets out the general rules for such programs, there is some state variation. Among the major differences involve 1) the ability of minor parents to use the voluntary establishment process, 2) the process for rescinding an acknowledgment, and 3) under what circumstances an acknowledgment can be challenged after the rescission period. This memo and its accompanying tables describe and analyze these state variations.