When a child is born to unmarried parents in Minnesota, certain steps can be taken to establish legal fatherhood. While each child in the state has a biological father, that is different from being a legal father. A legal father is the person that the state recognizes as being the child's father, with all the rights and duties that entitles him to.
There are very good reasons to establish fatherhood. Not only does it allow the mother to seek child support, but it also allows the father to be listed on the child's birth certificate and pursue custody or visitation with the child. However, there are many benefits that the child receives when a man is established to be the child's legal father, beyond financial support.