When a relationship that involves children comes to an end there are many things that need to be taken into consideration. For most parents, the child custody arrangement is at the top of the list. This makes sense when one considers that in many situations children are the biggest priority for parents.
Before custody arrangements can be determined exactly who the parents are must be established. While in most cases, particularly where the couple who is splitting is married, this is a foregone conclusion, other times a father must take steps to prove that he is, in fact the child's biological father. In the state of California paternity can be established by both the mother and father of the child by signing a voluntary Declaration of Paternity.