California Code, Family Code - FAM § 7573
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Except as provided in Sections 7575 , 7576 , 7577, and 7612, a completed voluntary declaration of paternity, as described in Section 7574 , that has been filed with the Department of Child Support Services shall establish the paternity of a child and shall have the same force and effect as a judgment for paternity issued by a court of competent jurisdiction. The voluntary declaration of paternity shall be recognized as a basis for the establishment of an order for child custody, visitation, or child support.
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