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Paternity means fatherhood and establishing paternity is the legal process of determining who's the father of a child. If the parents are married, paternity is a given in most cases. If they're not, the Paternity Opportunity Program (POP) provides a man the way to officially say, "Yes, this is my child," by signing a form called a POP Declaration, thereby establishing paternity. There are lots of benefits to establishing paternity for parents and children - legal, financial, mental and emotional.
The California Department of Child Support Services provides forms all the information you need to establish paternity.