Paternity Actions

Chambers Family Law

Paternity is the legal process through which a father-child relationship is recognized in the eyes of the law. While married men will have paternity established at a child’s birth, unmarried fathers must have a court-established paternity. Paternity issues can arise in many types of family law cases including:

  • Child support: Unmarried parents can be ordered to pay child support in a paternity action
  • Parenting plans: A father is first required to establish paternity before obtaining a court ordered parenting plan
  • Adoption: A father who has legally established paternity must give his consent to relinquish his parental rights to an adoptive parent
  • Inheritance: Establishing paternity protects the child’s right to inheritance. Otherwise, a father without established paternity must leave their property to a child with a will or trust.
  • Health care: Established paternity allows a father to include their child on a health insurance policy

If you are a father or mother looking to establish paternity, Chambers Family Law can provide the necessary expertise and support to help you through this process.

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At Chambers Family Law, we know that family law cases are often uniquely contentious and complex and often cause extreme stress for families regardless of their situation or the value of the parties’ marital estate. Cases involving divorce, alimony, custody, equitable distribution, child support, expert fees, legal fees, and other matters can be settled practically and fairly when handled properly.
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