The Top 5 Reasons Why Unwed-Parents Must Establish PaternityWritten by Detra Davis
“It takes a village to raise a child” is more than an African proverb, and when village is small and one parent is missing task becomes even more challenging. Fortunately, being proactive and understanding your rights as a parent will help alleviate any issues that might arise as you take on role of single parent. Every child has right to a parent-child relationship with both parents, and all three deserve an opportunity to develop, enjoy and grow in relationship.
Establishing Paternity 1. Every child has right to know both parents and have father’s name appear on birth certificate. Voluntarily establishing paternity is not expensive and does not have to involve an attorney or attorney fees. Both parents may contact State Department/Division of Vital Records and Health Statistics, Central Paternity Registry, or Department of Community Health and request an Affidavit of Paternity. There may be a small fee for filing this document but it will ensure legal paternity is established.
Paternity Testing 2. Paternity testing is a series of genetic tests used to indicate likelihood that a man is, or is not biological father of a child. The most common method used today is DNA testing which are 99.9 percent accurate in determining that a man is not father. The child can be tested at any age, and DNA test is obtained by rubbing a cotton tipped swab on inside of check or DNA can be extracted from blood or other tissues. The court will determine who will pay for paternity test. Laboratories performing paternity test should be accredited by American Association of Blood Banks (AABB).
Living an Overabundant LifeWritten by Detra Davis
“I want everything life has to offer,” sounds grand and embodies American Dream, but is that what most folks really want? Can we actually handle living an overabundant life? What happen to wanting an uncomplicated life, free of stuff, and junk? There are television programs popping up daily centered on cleaning out clutter only to bring in new clutter. It is not junk or stuff that is problem, it’s us. The way people think about themselves and their lives.
Believe it or not most of us are in one of two categories: we either define our self by how much stuff we have, consequently we have a lot of stuff; or you can’t release past, therefore piling up even more stuff. And if we’re not stuff junkie, it’s our spouse, significant other, adult child living at home, adult grandchild living at home, roommate, friend or pal. Enough is enough.
It rarely dawns on us that we can only use one pen at a time, drink one glass of water at a time, eat one bite of food at a time and wash one body at a time. So why do we insist on buying cases of soap, boxes of ink pens and crate loads of food. Sam’s Club other bulk stores have some how reached into inner recesses of our brains and convinced us that bigger is better, more is meaningful. Wake up people, we are storing our hard earned money in stuff that does not pay interest and in many cases is completely perishable.