The first step for a father seeking custody of a child is to determine paternity. Paternity is a legal recognition of a father. If the parents of a child are married at the time of the child’s birth, the mother’s husband is presumed to be a legal father of the child. If the parents are unmarried at the time of the child’s birth, paternity can be established by an affidavit of parentage and/or initiating a court proceeding. Paternity cases must be filed in the Circuit Court where the mother of child lives or if the mother is living out-of-state, the case is filed in the county where the father resides… Click HERE to read more!