Establishing paternity is the legal term for determining the biological father of a child. Legal paternity must be established in order to:
When parents are married to each other, the law presumes that the husband is the father. When parents are not married, paternity may be established by submitting a notarized Acknowledgment of Paternity form to DHHS Vital Records Management or through a court order.
Nebraska hospitals have Acknowledgement of Paternity forms available to be completed at the time of the child's birth. The completed form is filed with DHHS Vital Records Management.