Establishing paternity means recognizing someone as the legal father of a child. An official determination of paternity is beneficial for the child, mother and father, and it can be accomplished in a few different ways.
In most cases, child custody, visitation (also known as parenting time) and child support are established at the same time by a judge. Consequently, many parents think that child support is tied to visitation rights. However, child support payment does not affect parents' visitation rights.