Comprehensive Parentage Actions Attorney
In recent times, it is becoming more and more common for unmarried couples to have children. While there is nothing wrong with this decision, there are some unexpected consequences to this that you may need to prepare yourself for. One of the more common consequences is that the father may not have paternal rights automatically, depending on the circumstances of the childbirth.
At the Law Offices of Steven A. Dinneen P.C., we have been serving clients in California for more than 25 years. With offices in San Jose, we work exclusively with family law cases. By only working in one practice area, we increase our effectiveness allowing us to efficiently meet our clients’ needs. This gives us the opportunity to offer our clients a higher quality of service.
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When you have a child born outside of marriage, only the mother-child relationship is automatically in place, and you will need to formalize the father’s. To formalize the father-child relationship, and with that the rights and obligations entailed by fatherhood, a paternity action should be pursued through the court. In many states, a mother-child relationship is established upon proof she gave birth to the child.
Until a court order is issued regarding paternity, custody, parenting time and child support payments, the mother is considered the sole legal and physical custodian of the child. This is true even if recognition of parentage (ROP) was filed with the state, because a ROP only establishes the father-child relationship, not rights to custody, parenting time and child support.
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At the Law Offices of Steven A. Dinneen P.C., we help both mothers and fathers who are either trying to prove paternity or refute it. If you are looking to establish paternity to gain necessary child support, or if you need to prove that you are not the father, get an attorney you can rely on to fight for you. We will make sure you understand the legal process before you while vigorously defending your rights.
Contact our San Jose office by calling 408-645-0011 or by emailing us here. We offer free 30-minute initial consultations to our clients to help them choose the attorney right for them. Call today to discuss how we can help you.