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An important legal guide for new parents

If you're a new parent, there's a lot of things you need to do to make sure you have all the legal bases covered for you and your new baby. Knowing what these things are is the tricky part.

This is why we're giving you the following checklist -- so you can be sure that you've done everything you should as a new parent:

  • Understand your health insurance: Does your current insurance cover your baby, and does it offer prenatal and maternity coverage? Also what kinds of tests are covered and how about hospital stays following delivery?
  • Choose a midwife or doctor: Ask friends and select a midwife or doctor that's recommended.
  • Choose a pediatrician: When your child is born, you'll need a pediatrician to visit in case of any health issues.
  • Apply for a birth certificate: After your baby is born, you'll have to fill out the birth registration form.
  • Get a Social Security number for your child: You'll want to get a Social Security number for your child as early as possible.
  • Claim your tax credits: Parents can receive The Child Tax Credit of $1,000 a year if they have an adjusted income below a specific level.
  • Prepare for time off work: Request time off work for paternity or maternity leave in advance.
  • Write a will: Be sure to draft a will and indicate who the guardian of your child will be. You may also want to purchase life insurance.

There are other legal issues that new parents might want to take care of. If you're a new parent -- or will soon be having a baby -- you might want to reach out to a North Carolina family law attorney for further guidance.

Source: FindLaw, "New Parent CHecklist," accessed Nov. 17, 2017