When a child is born to married parents, paternity is generally not questioned. The husband is the child’s presumed father. However, when a child’s parents are not married, paternity is not presumed. An experienced paternity attorney can guide you through the process of establishing paternity. Paternity can be established in a number of different ways, so continue reading to learn more about them.
Establishing Paternity with the Guidance of an Attorney
Establishing paternity is crucial for a number of reasons. If you wish to seek child support or child custody, for example, you will first need to establish paternity.
Below are some of the ways in which you can successfully establish paternity:
- The father and mother sign a Voluntary Acknowledgment of Parentage form
- One of the parents applies for a court order for a DNA test to establish paternity
When paternity is successfully established, a father can petition the court for legal rights. A mother can also petition the court for a father to financially support the child by requesting child support.
Establishing paternity is not only beneficial for the parents, but it is also immensely helpful for a child since it will also provide important healthcare information. More importantly, establishing paternity will also give the child and father the opportunity to create and maintain a healthy relationship.
Whether you are a mother seeking to establish paternity to ensure your child receives financial support or a father who wishes to pursue a relationship with his child, a paternity attorney can provide the strong legal support and guidance you need to achieve the results you deserve. You should not have to navigate this delicate matter on your own without the advice of an experienced legal professional.
Discuss the Details of Your Paternity Case with One of Our Compassionate Family Law Attorneys
If you wish to establish paternity, the legal team at Fenchel Family Law can provide the legal representation you need to obtain the results you need. Our compassionate paternity attorneys understand how difficult these cases can be and will provide the advice and guidance you need to navigate the obstacles you may face. With our experienced family law firm on your side, you can feel confident in the future of your case.
Do not hesitate to reach out to our law office today. Call us at (415) 650-1112 to set up an initial case review with a skilled member of our family law team.