At LLM Family Law, our team of skilled lawyers have extensive experience working with clients to determine paternity/parentage for their children. We understand that establishing paternity/parentage is one of the most important things for children and parents, and it also comes with many great benefits and obligations.
A paternity/parentage action aims to form a parental relationship between a father (or other person) and a child. Once paternity is established, the parent and the child have specific rights and responsibilities going forward.
With limited (but important) exceptions, spouses are conclusively presumed to be the parents of a child born during their marriage. However, there is generally no such conclusive presumption for a child born to an unwed parent.. In those cases, steps may need to be taken to establish a legal parental relationship with the other parent.
In California, there are two key ways to establish paternity/parentage:
The court is authorized to order paternity tests to determine the child’s biological father. However, legal parentage need not be awarded to the biological parent in all cases. Depending on the circumstances, parentage can even be granted to a nonbiological parent over the objections of a competing biological parent.
Determining paternity/parentage can be quite complex, therefore, it is always best to have a trusted paternity/parentage lawyer who has experience in dealing with these types of family matters. If you are in need of a paternity lawyer who is dedicated to helping you ensure that your rights are protected, contact us today for a consultation!
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