Paternity establishes a number of important legal rights and obligations for both fathers and their children. Regardless of who is listed on a birth certificate, paternity confers the following rights on fathers:
The right to challenge or stop the adoption of your child
The right to establish visitation with your child
The right to seek custody of your child
Paternity also confers the following rights on children, subject to certain conditions and requirements stated within the law:
The right to child support from their biological father
The right to medical coverage under their father’s plan
The right to a father’s Social Security death and disability benefits
At the law office of Heller & Heller we advise and represent fathers seeking paternity rights, as well as mothers seeking to establish the fatherhood of a child. Our lawyers prepare all necessary court petitions and papers and are prepared to help you assert your rights after paternity is established.
Contact the law office of Heller & Heller today to schedule a free consultation. Our attorneys will explain what needs to be done and will discuss in detail the rights and obligations associated with paternity.
What’s Involved In Determining Paternity?
The court will order a DNA-genetic test in order to determine the paternity of a child. Typically, a blood sample is collected or a cotton swab of the inside of the mouth is provided. Once the court orders a test, the mother, the father, and the child must comply and provide a sample of their DNA for testing. After the lab analysis is finished, the results are made known and officially recognized by the court.
Child Support And Paternity
While a paternity suit can confer certain rights on fathers, it also confers certain legal and financial obligations as well. Our attorneys also represent mothers interested in collecting child support from the father of their son or daughter in cases where a father refuses to acknowledge his children.
However, it is important to note that in cases where the name of a nonbiological father appears on a birth certificate or where a woman has married and lived with the nonbiological father of her children for several years, the court is unlikely to force the biological father to pay child support. If you’re not sure whether you have a case, our attorneys can explain what the court looks at and what you can expect given the specifics of your situation.
Contact Our Lawyers Today
Regardless of whether you’re interested in asserting your rights as a father or establishing the paternity of your children for the purposes of child support, we can help you. To schedule a free consultation, contact family law attorneys Heller & Heller today.
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