Fathers play a crucial role in raising their children to be happy and healthy, and our office is dedicated to helping parents establish the paternity of their children. Establishing paternity is necessary to securing your rights as a father to participate in the life of your child. Also, in the event of a divorce, it is important to both parties that a legal father be established, in order to ensure custody and visitation rights as well as the payment of child support.
Where a couple is unmarried at the time of the child's birth, one method of establishing paternity involves signing a certificate at the hospital during the birth period. However, this method does not provide for visitation or other parental rights, and you may still need to petition the court regarding these other rights. Even among married couples, the presumption of paternity may be overcome where another person is the natural father. Our firm is capable of handling these delicate matters competently, with care and understanding.