Paternity involves a set of issues surrounding a child's parentage — specifically, the process of determining the identity of a child's father. There can be many different reasons that identifying a father can be important. On one hand, it will allow a mother to seek child support. On the other, it allows a father whose parental rights are being denied to prove his relation and have access to his children.
The circumstances surrounding paternity cases are often very emotional, and disputes can become quite contentious. No matter what your connection to a paternity case may be, it is important that you have quality legal representation behind you from the start. At Contreras Law Firm, we represent clients on all sides of paternity cases.
Paternity suits should be resolved as quickly as possible, so as to not disrupt the child's life any more than necessary. A paternity suit can be filed by either the mother or the alleged father. In the case of the mother, she may file a paternity suit in order to request child support or restrict access by the father. A father may file a paternity suit if the mother refuses to let him see the child.
A DNA test will be performed on all parties to determine whether the alleged father is related to the child. It is extremely important that an alleged father responds to a paternity suit. If he does not participate in the DNA test, the court will proceed on the assumption he is the father. This could lead to years of back child support even if he is later proven to not be the biological father of the child.
A mother cannot prevent her child from visitation with the father, especially after a paternity test indicates the alleged father is the biological father. California courts often rule in favor of joint custody in child custody disputes, meaning that both parents have equal access to the child.
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If you are currently involved in a paternity suit, contact the attorneys at Contreras Law Firm. Our lawyers have substantial experience in handling paternity cases and other family law matters. We work to ensure that your children's interests — and your parental rights — are protected.
Do not hesitate to contact our San Diego office for your initial free consultation.Back to Top