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Virginia fathers play a big part in the lives of their children

Children deserve to have both of their parents in their lives. For that reason, it is vital for fathers to establish their paternity over children when there is doubt. Besides the obvious benefit of having two parents, there are some other benefits for a child who knows his or her father. Our Virginia readers might be interested in learning about some of these benefits.

One aspect that parents might not think about when it comes to paternity is that the father's side of the family plays a big part in the child's health history. Knowing about health issues on the father's side of the family can help the child's pediatrician know what conditions to look for if the child is sick and seeking answers. This is especially important if there are genetic issues on the father's side.

Another benefit to the child is that the child will get to know family members that can provide a strong support system. Cousins in the father's side might be wonderful playmates and lifetime friends. Aunts, uncles and grandparents can help the child to learn about the family history and give the child a sense of identity.

A child with both parents might have a great sense of self esteem. Knowing both parents and having that loving relationship might help the child to feel better. This also lets the child enjoy refreshed parents since the parents can trade off on the child rearing responsibilities.

Protecting your rights as a parent is the first step to allowing your child to enjoy these benefits. Knowing how to protect your rights in Virginia is the first step to ensuring you can enjoy a relationship with your child.

Source: Virginia Department of Social Services, "Facts About Establishing Paternity" Dec. 16, 2014

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