Hospitals play a vital role in assisting parents with establishing paternity for their child. For a child born to unwed parents, establishing paternity provides that child with legal proof of parentage, including legal rights and eligibility for parental benefits. The paternity of a child must be established if a child is born to an unmarried mother or a mother who has not been married within the past 10 months.
Provide parents with information on the voluntary acknowledgment of paternity process at the time of a child's birth, including:
Provide one copy of the completed AOP form to each parent.
Promptly complete the AOP form electronically at the hospital, and file the hard-copy AOP with the Department of Community Health (DCH).
Hospital Paternity Acknowledgment Guide - Detailed information about paternity establishment and the procedures for completing and sending AOPs to the DCH.
The Office of Child Support provides hospitals and other agencies with guidance, support and reliable information about paternity establishment issues. Email questions to DHS-OCS-PEP@michigan.gov.
Hospital PEP Updates July 2013, February 2012 - Provides hospitals with additional information and articles of interest related to paternity establishment.
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Hospital Paternity Data 2012, 2011 - Paternity Establishment Statistics by Birthing Hospital.