Paternity

PATERNITY

 

What is Paternity?

Paternity is defined as: the state or condition of being a father. This type of action arises when the parties, who were never legally married to each other, are the parents of a child. Either the mother or the father of the child may file the Petition to Establish Parental Relationship of a child. For unmarried parents, parentage of their children needs to be established legally. Once paternity is established, the court will make decisions on the issues of child custody, child support, and child visitation.

If a person does not admit that he or she is the parent, the court may order the alleged father, mother, and child to submit to genetic testing.

If the parties are able, at any time during the action, to reach an agreement with respect to the resolution of these issues, they then execute a Stipulated Judgment of Paternity, submit it to the court for the judge’s signature and entry, and do not need to appear in court. If the parties are unable to reach an agreement, then the court will resolve the parties’ differences at a trial, and then will issue a Court Judgment of Paternity.

Reasons for Establishing Parentage of a Child

Establishing parentage is very important for a child. First, the child gets the emotional benefit of knowing who both of his or her parents are. And, legally, it entitles the child to the same rights and privileges as those of a child whose parents are married.

These legal rights and privileges are:

  • Financial support from both parents;
  • Legal documentation identifying both parents;
  • Having the names of both parents on the child’s birth certificate;
  • Access to family medical records and history;
  • Health and life insurance coverage from either parent;
  • The right to inherit from either parent; and
  • The right to receive social security and veteran’s benefits, if available.

What You Can Do

One of the best steps you can take to preserve your emotional and financial future when facing a paternity-related legal issue is to consult with an attorney. Clients would feel empowered or at least better informed of their legal options after just the initial consultation.

Fathers’ Rights

Do you need attorneys that will aggressively fight for the rights of the father in matters of paternity, custody, visitation and support?

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