When a married couple has a baby, the newborn is legally presumed to be the child of the husband and wife. But if parents are unmarried when they have a baby, that child does not automatically have a formal relationship with the father.

Paternity refers to the establishment of a child’s legal father. Often, paternity issues arise in cases involving child custody and support, but they can also be important in relation to visitation, adoption, health care, and inheritance. Once paternity is established, a father may be required to pay child support and may seek child custody or visitation.

Similar to a divorce, the paternity attorneys at the Paul Law Firm can assist mothers and fathers seeking to establish paternity in navigating child custody and support issues.

If you have additional questions about paternity, contact the family law attorneys at the Paul Law Firm. Consultations are always free!