Parents have a big role in children’s lives, especially in their early years, where parents care for their children and provide them with full care. The state of Oklahoma has enacted legislation that identifies Father’s Rights in Oklahoma and holds them accountable to their children.
Studies have shown that fathers have an important role in the social development of their children, academic and linguistic as well.
There are some families who like the system to be the mother at home to care for young children and the father comes out to work to earn a living and provide money to his family, in this father plays a central role in the lives of his children.
Proving Paternity in Oklahoma
Many family courts have been filled with a lot of issues related to parenting and child custody. These kinds of cases can be resolved after the child’s father is first identified by identifying the child’s legal and biological father.
In the case where the parents are married after the child is born, the state of Oklahoma is given a “presumption of paternity”, which is to consider that the husband’s mother is the father. The child’s paternity is established without further action by the parents.
In case the parents are not married, the procedures for proving the fatherhood are necessary so that the judge can make the appropriate decision.
The first choice of unmarried couples and have a child is the “Acknowledgment of Paternity” form provided by the state of Oklahoma to legally prove the legal and biological father of the child.
The Acknowledgement of Paternity (AOP) form
This form is available in the hospital where the child is born. Both the parents and the witness must be present until the form is signed legally and often the witness is brought by the hospital.
Once the AOP form is signed, the hospital sends the form to the government office to register the paperwork.
If the parents did not agree to fill out the AOP form, in this case, they would resort to the second choice of filing a lawsuit to prove the parenthood by the mother of the child or father or child support services (OCSS) located in Oklahoma.
If the case is referred to the court, the court will often decide to conduct a DNA test. The cost of the tests is paid by OCSS, but if the DNA test proves that the father is the father of the biological child, then the father pays the costs.
When decisions are made about custody of children in Oklahoma, the judge makes his decision according to “best interests of the child” and the judge decides the most comfortable place for the child whether with the father or with the mother.
The Oklahoma Department of Humanitarian Services (DHS) provides both parents with the right to access child enforcement services.