When a child’s parents are not married at the beginning of the pregnancy or birth, the father’s name is not automatically placed on the birth certificate. This means he is without the legal rights and responsibilities of a parent. He will not have legal rights or established parentage to the child until further action is taken by both the mother and father to establish paternity through DNA testing or agreement of the parties.
Paternity is the legal relationship between a father and his child. The father, mother, or a third-party on behalf of the child must seek a declaration of paternity to legally establish a parent-child relationship with the father. This process gives the father specific parental rights while imposing a legal obligation upon him to provide financial support for the child.
Our experienced attorneys can provide the legal counsel you need, whether you’re a mother who wants to identify your child’s father with a paternity suit or a father who aims to gain allocation of parental rights and rights to parenting time. We also represent those who wish to establish that they are not a father in a given case.