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Establishing Parentage

A paternity test is a DNA test that determines whether a man could be the father of a particular child or not. It can be conducted using blood or saliva samples, and these days the accuracy of DNA testing is near 100%. The mother and alleged father of a child are both legally entitled to request a paternity test if either one wishes to.

Why Is Establishing Parentage Important?

Paternity determines the legal rights and responsibilities that a man has towards a particular child. If a father wants the right to spend time with his child, he will probably need to prove in court that he is indeed the child’s father. On the other hand, sometimes mothers need proof of paternity in order to collect child support from the fathers of their children.

An Oceanside paternity lawyer can help clients address problems such as:

  • Underpayment or overpayment of child support
  • Unjust custody arrangements
  • Incorrect birth certificates

How Paternity Tests Can Help Unmarried Parents

If a couple has a child without being legally married, there is no legal custody arrangement that automatically exists between them. If they want to establish parental rights towards the child, they will need to file a Complaint to Establish Parental Relations.

This legal action can do much more than arrange visitation plans for parents who have decided to separate. Even if the couple never breaks up, they will need to file this complaint in order to establish their legal rights towards their child, especially the father’s.

How an Oceanside Paternity Lawyer Can Help

Paternity disputes can be complex and very difficult for the people caught up in them. A knowledgeable and aggressive attorney will work to protect your rights and keep you fully informed during this stressful time. Contact the Oceanside paternity lawyers Fischer & Van Thiel at 760-722-7646.

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