Paternity means fatherhood. While children need the love of their father, they also need his financial support. Even if the father is not married to the mother, he must help support his children until they reach age 18 (19 if the child is a full-time student still in high school). Every father is responsible for supporting his children whether he agreed to the pregnancy or not. The man named as the father is referred to as the alleged father until paternity is established.
In South Dakota, what is paternity?
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