More than half of all children in the United States are born to unmarried parents. Establishing paternity and parental rights and obligations is a very important aspect of raising healthy children. Mothers and fathers each have a responsibility to support the child and a right to maintain a strong parent-child relationship. Likewise, children have a right to a relationship with both of their parents.
When an unmarried woman has a child, a paternity action is often needed to establish parental rights. In disputed cases, a DNA test may be used to prove whether or not someone is the biological father and the results of the DNA test are then used by the court as evidence of parentage. Paternity establishes parental rights that carry a legal relationship with certain financial obligations and benefits including, medical coverage, access to benefits or inheritance rights. Establishing paternity provides a child with eligibility to receive child support, legal rights involving death benefits, probate and the settlement of the father’s estate, the inheritance of certain assets, coverage under the father’s health insurance plan, and access to father’s medical records for health purposes.
Once paternity is established, a father may seek a parenting plan or parenting time with his children, or a mother may file for child support for children. Our Family Law attorneys represent clients interested in asserting visitation rights or seeking child support for children in their care. We prepare all the necessary forms and documentation on behalf of our clients needed for requesting a paternity test through the court and assist in filing for child support or establishing parenting rights for all children.
Family Law Attorneys at Kelley Kronenberg
We have handled a wide variety of divorce and family law cases and are prepared to assist you with legal concerns that involve the dissolution of marriage, contested and uncontested divorce, alimony, asset protection, business valuations, child support/child custody, time-sharing/visitation with minor children, domestic violence, domestication of foreign judgments, equitable distribution (assets and liabilities), guardian ad litem, mediation/dispute resolution, modifications of agreements/ final judgments, parental responsibility/parenting plans, paternity actions, pre and postnuptial agreements, relocation and same-sex family issues.
Handling complicated family law issues can be a challenging task to face alone. As part of a full-service national firm, our Family Law attorneys work closely with other attorneys from the firm’s Business and Commercial Litigation, Estate Planning and Real Property Litigation Departments, to provide a comprehensive and unified approach to complex family law matters and litigation. This collaborative approach gives our clients the edge that few other firms can replicate. With the best interests and well-being of your family being our priority, the assistance and experience of our Family Law attorneys can be invaluable in your search for resolutions and closure to all aspects of family law matters.