Proving Paternity for Social Security Benefits?

My son's father passed away a little over a year ago. After being skeptical of whether his dad had ever worked or not, I finally went to the SSA and applied for survivor benefits and learned that my son did have benefits that he was eligible for. Now we come to where paternity had to be proven because my son's dad was incarcerated at the time of his birth so he didn't sign the birth certificate. I had tried putting him on child support but he passed away before we could do the paternity test that he had requested.


I contacted his mother in regards to writing a letter stating that her son did acknowledge my son as his, and this is where I encountered my problem. His mom told me that she would "think about it" which really made me furious! Being that her son stopped helping take care of my son 5 years prior to his death. I really just want to know what are some other ways of proving the paternity. I would also like to know if I could have her ordered by a judge to take a paternity test? I am determined to get my son what he has coming to him.

By Michelle

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May 22, 20140 found this helpful

I would suggest that you talk to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney try going to your local Children & Family Services center for help. It would be best if you could find an attorney who works with this type of cases.


Sometimes you can find assistance with finding a "cheap" attorney at a local church.

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