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Riverside County Department of Child Support Services
Step 3: Establish Paternity
How Paternity is Established: Declaration of Paternity

Unmarried parents can establish paternity by signing a legal document called a Declaration of Paternity. Both parents must sign this document in front of a designated witness or notary public.

A Declaration of Paternity is available at birthing hospitals, local registrars of births and deaths, Family Law Facilitator offices, welfare offices, or any local child support office.

Through the Paternity Opportunity Program (POP), establishing paternity is fast, easy, and free. Through POP, both parents may complete and sign a Declaration of Paternity right after the baby is born. The hospital will file the form with DCSS to establish paternity.

Click here for more information on the Paternity Opportunity Program.

  Understand the Process
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  red dot  Step 1: Open a Case
  red dot  Step 2: Locate
  red dot  Step 3: Establish Paternity
Tree Image How Children Benefit
Tree Image How to Establish Paternity
  red dot  Step 4: Establish Order
  red dot  Step 5: Enforce Order
  red dot  Step 6: Collect Support
  red dot  Step 7: Close a Case


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