Are you a single mother who needs to establish who the child’s father is, in order to have him help with child support? Or are you the father, and concerned about your child’s welfare, and would like to get custody?
Paternity is the legal recognition (in court) of who the biological father of the child is. This legal relationship of father to child also includes his responsibilities to that child.
Paternity petitions can be filed by both men and women, for various reasons, many of which involve child custody and support.
Reasons for establishing paternity include:
Being released from court-ordered child support for a child that you did not biologically father
Obtaining child support
Determining child custody in the parenting plan
Obtaining a visitation schedule to involve a parent in the raising of a child
Parental health history that affects the child
Establishing paternity can be very helpful if you were never married to your child's father, and he has refused to make child support payments. As experienced lawyers, we can help you file a paternity petition and seek the financial support to which you are entitled.
Our attorneys have also helped an ever-increasing number of single dads obtain primary custody of the kids when there are difficulties in the mom’s home or with her capability to offer a safe and secure environment for them.
We have represented many women wishing to establish the paternity of their children for the purposes of obtaining child support. Once we obtain an adjudication of paternity from the court, we can seek a court order which requires the father to pay child support. This can include past child support, as well as future payments.
For additional information regarding your privileges in just about any paternity or custody dispute between single parents, contact us at (561) 123-1234.