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Paternity Laws: A Brief Overview

When a child is born, there is no issue in deciding who the mother is. However, when it comes to the paternity of a child, there is more ambiguity. In many states, paternity laws can depend largely on the alleged father’s willingness to accept his role.

Paternity laws can assign an individual parental status to their child. If an individual is named as the parent, there are both benefits and responsibilities. Some of the benefits include the ability to apply for visitation privileges. However, being named as the parent also confers the responsibility of paying child support.

In general, there are three ways to confirm paternity rights. At birth, the parent can voluntarily agree to parental rights and responsibilities. Similarly, if the parents get married after the child is born, the adoption of parental rights can be included in the marriage contract. Finally, at any time before the child is 18, the parent can accept parental rights and amend the child’s birth certificate.

Additionally, the court can also assign the parent parental responsibilities. The court can either order paternity through another department such as the Department of Revenue or order the paternity themselves in court. In both cases, genetic testing will confirm paternity. If the genetic testing is conclusive, then the paternity rights will be conferred.

If you or a loved one are seeking paternity rights, you will need an experienced Divorce & Family Law attorney. When you hire a Divorce & Family Law attorney, you don’t just receive excellent legal knowledge, you place your case in the hands of a neutral, zealous advocate who can present your arguments in the best light possible. While any Divorce & Family Law attorneys can represent you, the best Divorce & Family Law attorneys can be found with Attorney at Law

At AAL, our nationwide network of attorneys and law firms can match you with an attorney who fits your needs. Our partners have the resources, legal knowledge, and experience to achieve the best outcome possible for your case. 

Our partners understand the toll that fighting for paternal rights can take on a person. That’s why our partners excel in client care as well as an expansive case record.

Don’t wait. Contact AAL today for a free, no obligation consultation and begin your journey to preserve your rights.

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