Unmarried parents who have children together should file a paternity action to legally establish a man as the father of the child. Establishing paternity helps ensure that the child receives the same rights as a child born to married couples, such as, ensuring the child has inheritance rights, medical and life insurance benefits, Social Security benefits and veteran benefits.
Paternity must be established prior to the court making any orders for child custody, visitation, child support and restraining orders. If the parties don’t agree on the paternity of the father, then the court can order genetic testing.
If you believe that you are not the father and have signed a VDOP (voluntary declaration of paternity) then you must act quickly to set aside the VDOP. If you have not sign a VDOP and believe you are the father, then it is imperative that you seek legal advice to discuss your legal rights.
Paternity actions are sensitive and emotional cases. We represent fathers and mothers in securing their paternity and custody rights. It is our objective to create a specific strategy that is tailored to your case to ensure the best outcome possible. Paternity actions can be time sensitive so call our office today.