San Mateo County Paternity Lawyer
Issues of paternity in a family can be an incredibly sensitive topic to resolve that can have a significant impact on the lives and futures of both parents and children involved. In these intricate, emotionally charged cases, a legal professional can help you discuss your options and successfully navigate the complexities of paternity law. The Schoenberg Family Law Group, P.C. is well-equipped to handle such delicate, highly sensitive family law situations, with a team of compassionate, sympathetic professionals available to help you resolve any matters of paternity law.
The Benefits of Establishing Paternity
Paternity can provide a number of benefits not only to the child, but to the parents as well. Most importantly, it offers a chance for both father and child to establish a relationship as biological family members, and develop a true family in the years to come.
Additionally, establishing paternity also offers financial benefits. The child will be entitled to health insurance under his or her father, along with any necessary child support. The child will also have a right to inherit his or her father’s estate.
Establishing Paternity of Your Children
Ideally, in a family paternity is established voluntarily. That means that both parents agree to sign a voluntary declaration form acknowledging that they are the parents and that the father is the child’s legal father.
However, some instances are not so straightforward, and often paternity can be disputed by both mother and father. In such cases, paternity must be established through the courts. This instance can be infinitely more complicated, especially if the alleged father is not cooperative through the process. In these cases, it may be recommended to consult a paternity lawyer and explore your options.
Determining Paternity in Married vs. Unmarried Couples
Determining paternity differs greatly between married and unmarried couples. In a married couple, the husband is automatically presumed to be the father of any children born to his wife. Even in cases of assisted reproduction, such as artificial insemination, the husband is presumed to be the legal father of the child.
However, this presumed paternity may be withdrawn if court-authorized genetic testing reveals that the husband is not the child’s biological father.
In unmarried couples, fathers must voluntarily declare that they are the parents of a child born in a relationship with the mother. In the state of California, this is equivalent to a court-ordered judgment of paternity – and thus may be used as a basis for child custody, visitation, or child support.
If paternity is an issue among unmarried couples, the mother can petition the court to order genetic testing to provide verifiable evidence as a basis for any decisions regarding paternity.
The Schoenberg Family Law Group, P.C. has been serving clients for more than 30 years, specializing in all matters of family law. Paternity can be a delicate, life-changing affair that can significantly affect the livelihood of everyone involved.
Our family law professionals put the needs of you and your children first, ensuring that the rights of you and your child are adequately protected through the entire process. We work diligently to provide sympathetic, compassionate legal counsel for those proving or disproving paternity, and give you help in your time of need.
If you have any issues or concerns regarding paternity in your family, please contact us online or call 415.834.1120.