Establishing paternity can be an extremely beneficial process for all of the people that are involved, and especially helpful to the children that are involved. Not knowing with certainty who the genetic father of your child is can be incredibly stressful, whether you’re the mother or the father. Legally establishing paternity can help bring you the peace you deserve, while also helping to secure the rights you need in order to take care of your child to the best of your ability.
At the Law Offices of MichelanneHrubic, our Riverside paternity lawyer represents both fathers and mothers in law cases involving paternity. We know how important establishing parental rights can be and are here to help you smoothly get through this chapter of your life.
Here’s everything you might need to know regarding the process of establishing paternity and finding an attorney to help you throughout the process.
Paternity is the term that is used to describe the state or condition of being someone’s father.
Therefore, paternity law deals with the aspects that come along with legally identifying the father of a child. This area of the law focuses on differing factors of paternity like the genetic testing done to prove paternity, filing for child support from the father, and fighting other paternity claims. Paternity law is the body of law that deals with all of the underlying legal factors that come with being a father.
Paternity is significant for everyone that is involved in the situation, in different ways. For example:
Contrary to what most people assume, paternity is not established by a man’s name being on the birth certificate of a child. During the process of trying to legally establish paternity, you will most likely come across a few different paternity terms that you should know.
A paternity lawyer is an attorney that is experienced in the aspects of family law, as well as specializing in areas of establishing paternity through the legal system and fighting for a client’s rights regarding paternity. Many people often find themselves a bit confused when searching for the right attorney to help them through their process. Family law is actually a broad category that contains subsets of lawyers that can help you with your specific needs in your situation, including divorce lawyers and paternity attorneys to help you through your process.
Many people have no idea where to begin when it comes to the often-complicated proceedings of trying to establish legal paternity of a child. Because of this, it is often your best idea to seek legal aid when trying to deal with the aspects of establishing paternity of your child. If you are a mother and are unable to get support from the father of your child, finding a paternity lawyer is the best first step to fighting for the support you deserve, like financial help through child support. If you are a father and are fighting for custody or visitation rights, for example, then looking for a paternity lawyer is where you should begin in order to fight for those rights.
Either the mother or the father can bring forward a paternity suit if there is a question regarding the identity of the biological father. If a petition to establish paternity is granted by the court, a DNA sample will be collected from the mother, as well as the alleged father and the child.
Establishing paternity can benefit the entire family, including the mother, father, and children. When a mother finds out who the father of her child is, it can provide her with peace of mind and ensure that her child is eligible to receive financial support from the father. When a father finds out that a child is biologically his via a paternity test, it can clear the path for him to establish his parental rights and to establish a loving relationship with his child. At the Law Offices of Michelanne Hrubic, we can help guide you through this process, every step of the way.
Once paternity has been established, the path is clear to address a wide range of other family law issues, including child support, and child custody and visitation. We can help you identify your goals and help you with the appropriate next steps.
Here at the Law Offices of MichelanneHrubic, we provide comprehensive legal services related to a multitude of different aspects of family law, including establishing paternity. If you or someone you know is looking to establish paternity or dealing with paternity struggles, let us know. Call 951-888-0631 or contact us online to schedule a consultation. From our offices in Riverside, we provide representation to people throughout Southern California.
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