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Minnesota State Law Library Legal Topics Directory
by Danielle Becker - Last Updated Mar 17, 2015
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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 Self-Help Center

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

Source:  Office of the Revisor of Statutes


Statutes and Court Rules

MN Statutes, Ch. 257 Children; Custody; Legitimacy.
MN Statutes 257.75 Recognition of Parentage.
MN Statutes 518.17 Custody and support of children on judgment.
MN Statutes 518.155 Custody Determinations.
MN Statutes 518.156 Commencement of Custody Proceeding.
MN Statutes, 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

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

 Source:  Office of the Revisor of Statutes



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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 Regognition 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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