Recently, Kevin Federline's brother made a claim that he is the father of one of Britney Spears' children. He initiated the paternity action prior to Christmas claiming that Kevin Federline is not the father of the child. He also filed a restraining order against Spears, claiming she had stolen from him, blackmailed and harassed him. He filed the action with a U.S. District Court in Florida.
Paternity can be voluntarily acknowledged. If paternity is not voluntarily agreed to, legal action may be necessary. A mother can request that the court order the man she believes to be the father to submit to a paternity test. The court can then compel DNA testing to determine paternity. Once paternity is established, the court will enter an order and the father will be obligated to support the child. The child support will generally be established based on the income of the two parents and the child's needs. At any time during the process, the parents may enter into a settlement agreement.
Following the establishment of paternity, the child will obtain additional legal rights, including the right to inherit from the father, eligibility to be included as part of the father's health insurance plan, eligibility for social security benefits if the father dies or becomes disabled, etc. There can be important and valuable emotional benefits to establishing paternity as well.
Paternity can be established through the help of the courts when parties are unable to do so by themselves. The legal process of establishing paternity can be helpful to those facing doubt. The results can provide both economic and emotional benefits for the child.
Source: Examiner.com, "Britney Spears: K-Fed's brother Chris reveals he is Sean Preston's real father," Joann Scheffler, Dec. 26, 2012.