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PA Child Support Program

Establishing Paternity

Establishing Paternity

In Pennsylvania, when a child is born to a woman who is not married to anyone at the time of birth, there is no legal relation between the father and the child. Use the links below to obtain information about establishing a legal relationship between the child and the father.

Acknowledgement of Paternity Video – This video explains the methods of establishing paternity in Pennsylvania, your rights, responsibilities, and obligations, and how to complete an Acknowledgement of Paternity form. You can watch the full version of the video or, when completing the form, you can go directly to the section you are completing.
Establishing Paternity For Your Child is in Your Hands brochure
Paternity Frequently Asked Questions
Acknowledgement of Paternity form (PDF version) - you will need access to a printer
Request an Acknowledgement of Paternity form - if you do not have access to a printer, a form can be mailed to you