No. You can file a petition to establish paternity before the birth. Particularly if you are concerned that mom will not cooperate in establishing your parental rights, filing prior to the birth puts mom and the court on notice that you wish to be involved with the child. It also ensures that there is no delay in establishing your legal rights if a DNA test is necessary. Finally, the court will schedule a hearing to set up legal custody (decision-making rights), placement (the visitation schedule), and child support so you can begin seeing your child as soon as possible after the birth. It is extremely important to establish these rights as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more questions are raised about your willingness to be a parent, and the more likely you will miss out on vital bonding time with your infant.
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