A paternity action is one in which a determination is made if an alleged father is actually the biological father of a child. Our law firm can represent either the mother or the father in a paternity action. The father in the action can be the presumptive father, a putative father, a prospective father, or an unmarried biological father. A paternity action is required to determine his rights as to the child.
Paternity requires either the father's acknowledgement that he is the biological father or, in the absence of an acknowledgment, it would be required the man undergo a scientific blood test that reflects paternity. The blood test results will show with nearly 100 percent certainty whether or not the man is the biological father of the child.
Once the paternity of a child is proven, then other issues regarding child support, parental responsibility and time-sharing of the child will need to be determined. In some cases, it may be required that a Guardian ad Litem be appointed, a mental health professional, or another third party with specific therapeutic tools, to help establish a relationship between the father and child.
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