In a Suit to Establish Paternity, the Court is being asked to legally establish the parent-child relationship with a child. The Court must first find that the man is the father of the child, then it will establish the terms and guidelines of the relationship. The first step is easily accomplished through a DNA test.
In the second step, the parties agree or the Court orders the terms and conditions of the father-child relationship. This includes the rights and duties the parents hold - moral and religious training, medical care, educational decisions, duty to support, and a number of other rights and duties. The Court also establishes a possession schedule, in which it outlines on which days and times each party has possession of the child. Finally, the Court will order child support, including healthcare. This entire process is contained within the paternity suit and included in the final order of the Court.
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