• Paternity

    paternity legal helpPaternity law deals with the issue of establishing parenthood. A paternity suit is a lawsuit that is usually brought by a mother to prove that a certain person is the father of her child. This can occur after the child is born or while the mother is pregnant. Evidence of paternity may include blood tests, evidence of the relationship between the mother and alleged father, admissions of fatherhood, comparisons of the child's physical features to those of the alleged father, and DNA evidence. There is a lot at stake in a paternity suit. If paternity is established, the father will then be responsible for paying child support and the child will have a right to inheritance from the father.

    Other than a mother bringing suit to prove a man is the father of a child, a man may also file a petition in court if he claims to be the father and wants paternity rights to a child. Sometimes the mother will allow the child's DNA to be tested. However, in other cases, the mother may refuse to allow the child's DNA to be tested. If the latter scenario occurs, the man claiming to be the father will then have to ask the court to order the DNA testing. Before the court will issue such an order, the man claiming to be the father must show that there is a reasonable basis for believing the child is his. There are times when a court will deny DNA testing. One example of this would be if a man claiming to be a father has not requested one for over a year after knowing about the child. After DNA test results come in, the court holds a hearing. If a man is the biological father, the court then issues a paternity order.

    It is very important for an alleged father to respond to any summons that he receives. This is because if an alleged father does not appear as required, the court will enter a default order declaring him the legal father. This will be the case as long as the alleged father was properly served with a summons. Upon being declared the legal father, the judge will order the father to pay child support. There are several reasons that a person may want paternity tests conducted. Sometimes fathers find out a child might be theirs years after a relationship with the child's mother ended. Some men might suspect their wives or girlfriends of cheating and want a DNA test to ensure they are the biological father. DNA paternity testing has become increasingly common because of the number of children born out of wedlock and issues of child support. Paternity litigation refers to disputes over the identity of a child's father. Paternity lawsuits are lawsuits brought by either parent for the purpose of resolving custody, child support, and visitation. A father may want his parental rights to a child or a mother may want child support from the child's biological father. In conclusion, the principal concern in all paternity suits is who a child's biological father is. Once that is established, the rights and duties of a child's parents can be determined.
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