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Minnesota State Law Library Legal Topics Directory
by Debby Hackerson - Last Updated Feb 4, 2016
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Minnesota Family Law Practice Manual - Cathy E. Gorlin (Editor); Neil B. Davidson
Call Number: KFM5494.A6 D3 2001 c.1
ISBN: 0327110007
Publication Date: 2001-01-01



  • "Paternity" is the term used to refer to the "legal" father of a child under Minnesota law. Once a man is established as the "legal" father of a child, he has an obligation to financially support the child and he may ask a court order for custody and parenting time.

Source:  MN Judicial Branch

  • Click on this link for the Minnesota Statutes on Topics Relating to Paternity.

Source:  Office of the Revisor of Statutes


Statutes and Court Rules

Minn. Stat. Ch. 257 Children; Custody; Legitimacy.
Minn. Stat. 257.75 Recognition of Parentage.
Minn. Stat. 518.17 Custody and support of children on judgment.
Minn. Stat. 518.155 Custody Determinations.
Minn. Stat. 518.156 Commencement of Custody Proceeding.
Minn. Stat. Ch. 518D Uniform Child Custody and Enforcement Act.
MN Rules of Civil Procedure

MN General Rules of Practice in the District Courts Title I:  Rules Applicable to all Court Proceedings Title II:  Rules Governing Civil Actions Title IV:  Rules of Family Court Procedure

Index to Statutes

 Source:  Office of the Revisor of Statutes


Related Topics

Related Topics: Child Custody; Child Support; Motions.



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Recognition of Parentage

The Minnesota Voluntary Recognition of Parentage is a document that establishes a legal relationship between a man and a child when the man is not married to the child’s mother.

Signing a Recognition of Parentage is an easy and inexpensive alternative to getting a court order establishing the legal father.  A legal father is a man who is recognized by law as the male parent of a child.

Both parents must sign this form to make the man the legal father of the child.  For more information, please view the Power of Two video before signing the Recognition of Parentage form.

Minnesota Voluntary Recognition of Parentage Revocation Form - This legal form cancels a voluntary paternity establishment created by a previously-signed and filed Recognition of Parentage form.

Source:  MN Dept of Human Services


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