Paternity Attorneys in Temecula
Walking You Through the Paternity Process
At Law Office of Neda Aguirre, APC in Temecula, our paternity team represents clients who are experiencing issues related to paternity. Establishing paternity can be a confusing and complex process and, in California, there are numerous ways to accomplish this task. However, it will require the knowledgeable guidance of an experienced Temecula family law attorney.
Take the first step toward establishing paternity today and contact Law Office of Neda Aguirre, APC in Temecula at (951) 977-4904 to request an initial consultation and discuss the details of your case.
Understanding Paternity in California
California uses the words “parentage” and “paternity” interchangeably. When there is a question of paternity, it means the court or the parents must determine who the child’s father is.
In some cases, paternity the law might assume the identity of the father:
- If the child was born during the marriage, the husband is the child’s presumed father
- If the parents were living together as a family and the man has served as a father-figure to the child, the law will assume he is the child’s father
The most straightforward way parents can establish paternity is voluntary. For example, if a child’s mother and father agree to sign a “Voluntary Declaration of Paternity,” this act will establish him as the child’s father. If one or both parents are under the age of 18, however, this voluntary declaration will not be effective until 60 days after the parent turns 18.
If there is a disagreement regarding the parentage of the child, parents can establish paternity in court. If the alleged father refuses to partake in the process, a judge might consider his lack of cooperation as evidence of parentage.
If paternity is established, a judge can order:
- Child support
- Payment for genetic testing
- Payment for court fees, attorney fees, etc.
- Health insurance for the child
- Visitation for the non-custodial parent
A paternity finding can profoundly impact the financial situation of both parents and affect divorce proceedings, so it is crucial to establish parentage as soon as possible.
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If there is a question of paternity, or you wish to seek and establish paternity, you need to secure skilled legal counsel to navigate this complex legal process. At Law Office of Neda Aguirre, APC in Temecula, our family law team is committed to helping parents deal with their paternity issues, no matter how challenging they may be. You can rely on our compassion, knowledge, and commitment.
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