Newport Beach Paternity Lawyers Helping Parents Dispute or Establish Paternity Claims
Paternity cases are hugely stressful and very distressing for everyone who has to deal with them. But sometimes, it’s the small price you have to pay to establish your parentage over your kids.
It’s even more important if you’re unmarried, in a domestic partnership, or a same sex relationship. The good thing though, is once you do this, you’ll have legal rights over the children.
The laws in California clearly state that an unmarried man would need to do some DNA testing to determine if he’s the father of a child. This way, we can file for visitation rights and/or child custody.
The same goes for an unwedded mother who lays claim to child support from a man she’s not married to. She must carry out paternity testing if she wants to get that court-mandated child support.
Establishing Paternity for Men
If someone you had relations with has falsely accused you of being a father, and you’re sure you’re not, you need to do something about it very quickly. We’ve seen instances where men were unwittingly deceived into assuming paternity for children that aren’t theirs.
Some women do this to get child support, particularly if the man is well off. Once they file the lawsuit, our Newport Beach paternity lawyers can start the process of responding to the lawsuit on your behalf.
You’ll also need to do a DNA test to prove if you’re actually the biological father as claimed by the mother. This is how you’ll be able to defend your rights if their claims aren’t true. The same goes for men who think that a woman is preventing him from seeing his child.
You can file a paternity claim, after which the court will look at the DNA result of you and the kid, and then give its verdict afterwards. If your parental rights are established as a father, you need a competent family law attorney to help you get visitation right, and even child custody.
Once they case is determined, you’ll then be able to have and enjoy the full rights of father, even though you’re not married to the mother.
Of course, this would include fulfilling parental obligations like child support payments, and clothing, shelter, education and safety if you have sole or joint custody. Whatever the case, you need to be ready for the outcome once the courts declare their verdict.
Establishing or Disputing Paternity Claims by Men
Women who are unmarried, but sure that a man is indeed their child’s father can file paternity suits against them. The goal usually is to get them to support the child financially until the child attains the age of 18.
Paternity suits can also be useful in disputing paternity claims by an individual. So, if someone is laying claim to your child because you had sexual relations, a paternity suit can take care of that issue once and for all.
If you do seek a paternity suit, the benefits may be favorable if the DNA test proves that they’re the biological father of your child. Some these include:
- Entitlement to child support claims
- The child can benefit from their father’s medical and healthcare coverage
- The child will have a right as heir to claim the father’s estate
Newport Beach Paternity Lawyers Can Help
Trying to establish or dispute a paternity case requires legal help. Our experienced paternity and family law attorneys in Newport beach have handled a lot of similar cases. Come talk to us about your case today. Call for a free 30-minute case evaluation