In Minnesota, if a child is born to a couple that is married, the husband is presumed to be the father of the child, unless a court order establishes otherwise. If the parents are not married, paternity can be established in other ways. One way is a Recognition of Parentage, a document signed by the parties (usually at the hospital) and filed with the state registrar for vital statistics. The other is to file an action in court to determine paternity. Until a court order is entered regarding custody and parenting time, the father does not have any rights.

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