Orange County Paternity Lawyers
Understanding Paternity Actions & Your Rights
Paternity actions deal with establishing parentage, legally showing that a man is the father of a child. These are complex matters involving heightened emotions as well as the future of the child or children in question. Additionally, paternity will be directly entwined with child custody, visitation, and child support. You need to be certain that your rights and interests are protected in any paternity action.
Paternity is an important focus of our practice here at Moshtael Family Law. Our Orange County paternity attorneys know just how much of an impact such an action may have on every aspect of your life, not to mention the life of the child. Whether you are a father looking to establish paternity in order to gain custody or visitation rights, are a mother who needs to establish paternity to seek support, or are a man who has had a paternity claim against him, we can help. We can analyze the situation at hand, discuss and determine your goals, and get to work immediately to achieve these.
Contact our team online or at (714) 909-2561 to arrange a free initial consultation.
How Is Paternity Established in California?
In California, when a child is born, parents who are married or in a domestic partnership are automatically considered that child’s legal parents. Unmarried parents, however, face specific challenges. A Declaration of Paternity must be issued before a court will issue any order involving child custody, visitation, or support. If paternity is contested, the court may order mandatory genetic testing of the father, mother, and child.
With paternity comes specific rights and responsibilities:
- The right to request custody or visitation; and
- The responsibility to pay child support and possibly for child care and healthcare.
When you involve an Orange County paternity lawyer at Moshtael Family Law, you will get a complete education on your rights and responsibilities, and the steps that need to be taken in your paternity action. Our goal is effective and affordable legal counsel, and we provide this based off over 175 years of combined family law experience.
Call (714) 909-2561 today for the quality representation you deserve.
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