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Legal Topics: Paternity

Statutes: (Additional statutes, regulations & opinions may apply to your specific situation.)

  • Minnesota Statutes, index topic Paternity.
  • Resources: (Print resources are available at the Law Library and in county law libraries around the state.)

  • Being a Legal Father: Parentage information for mothers and fathers, from the Minnesota Department of Human Services. This booklet is available in many languages.
  • Determining the Biological Father, from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
  • Forms related to paternity, from the Department of Human Services.
  • Forms -- Paternity, from the Self-Help Center.
  • Minnesota Family Law Practice Manual, 3rd ed. (Lexis, 2001) Reserve Room KFM5494.A6 D3 2001. Chapter 25 covers Paternity issues. Volume 2 contains forms.
  • Paternity, from the Self-Help Center.
  • Paternity, from LawHelpMN.org. Some of these booklets are in languages other than English.
  • Recognition of Parentage ("ROP") Process, from the Self-Help Center.
  • Unmarried Fathers’ Guide to Paternity, Custody, Parenting Time and Child Support in Minnesota, from LawHelpMN.org.
  • Related Topics: Child Custody; Child Support; Motions; Skills Center: Paternity Documents, Copies of.

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