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Establishing paternity is the legal process that identifies a man as a child’s father. If a child’s parents were not married when their child was born, paternity must be established through the courts. Rebecca Medina is a skilled family law attorney that can guide you through the process of proving or contesting paternity while protecting your rights and advocating for your best interests. Rebecca will provide you with as much information and knowledge as possible to make sure that you are fully informed and able to make decisions that are in your best interests. Rebecca listens to what you need and will give you advice to help you get through your current situation.
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For Fathers: Establishing Paternity
Establishing paternity will be very important, as it will give you the legal right to make decisions about your child’s medical care, education, lifestyle, and well-being, as well as the right to spend time with your son or daughter. It also entitles your child to certain legal rights, such as the right to receive financial support, benefits, and insurance coverage from you.
Alternatively, if you have been supporting a child who you thought was biologically yours but may not be, taking a DNA test to determine whether or not you are the biological father will allow you to achieve peace of mind and/or free you from a responsibility that is not yours. If you find yourself in this position, it is important to act swiftly in securing counsel and advice.
For Mothers: Establishing Paternity
If you are not married to the father of your child, establishing parentage can entitle your child to certain legal rights, such as the ability to receive child support and benefits from his or her father. Not only does your child have the right to receive child support, but you, as the mother, have the right to receive child support from the father.
Sometimes, the process can be as simple as both parents signing a Declaration of Paternity form. At other times, the process may be more complicated. If a father does not wish to establish paternity, there are legal steps that can be taken to compel the father to take a court-ordered paternity test to verify his biological relationship to your son or daughter.
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