Unmarried Parents Have The Same Custodial Rights As Married Parents
Establishing the paternity of a child can have important emotional and legal consequences. For instance, California law requires that the paternity of a child be legally established in order for an unmarried mother to receive court-mandated child support or for an unmarried father to petition for child custody or visitation rights. Once paternity is established, however, unmarried parents have the same rights, obligations and benefits as married parents.
At The Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers, APC, we assist both women and men in a broad range of paternity matters, including filing paternity lawsuits and defending against paternity actions. With more than 30 years of experience and a long history of proven results, we have the knowledge and resources to help you understand your rights and intelligently navigate the paternity process.
Whether you wish to establish or dispute paternity, timing is of the essence. If you wait too long, you may lose certain rights. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with an experienced Orange County paternity attorney.
We Help Clients Who Wish To Establish Or Dispute Paternity
Whether you want to establish or dispute paternity, the first step is to arrange for a DNA test. Our law firm guides clients through the legal and technical aspects of paternity testing, including scheduling DNA tests, analyzing the results and evaluating next steps in the paternity litigation process.
Paternity · Considerations For Women
There are many benefits to establishing the paternity of a child, including:
- The right to seek child support payments
- The establishment of the child's right as an heir to the father's estate
- The establishment of the child's right to claim Social Security death benefits from the father
- The establishment of the child's right to medical coverage under the father's health benefits
Paternity · Considerations For Men
Men who wish to dispute a paternity lawsuit must take immediate action. We can help you respond to the lawsuit, obtain accurate DNA testing and defend your rights in court if necessary.
If you wish to establish paternity of a child, we can help you go through the proper channels. Once your parental rights are established, we can assist you with petitioning the court for visitation, joint custody or even sole custody of your child.
An establishment of paternity also brings parental obligations, which usually include child support payments until the child reaches the age of majority.
Tustin Lawyer For Unmarried Parents With Custody Issues
To learn more about paternity in Orange County or Riverside County, California, please contact The Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers, APC, at 714-602-1492 to schedule a consultation.