There is a different process when parents who have children together are not married. These matters are called “paternity” cases, even when there is no dispute over the identity of the child’s father. In order to exercise parental rights, it may be necessary to establish paternity. Whether a father is listed on a birth certificate or not, legal procedures are required to establish paternity and custodial rights.
You must file a Petition to Determine Parentage to establish paternity. A DNA test may or may not be required, depending on the circumstances of your individual matter. Many parents attempt to establish paternity but become overwhelmed or confused by the legal procedures. An attorney can prepare the necessary paperwork for you and represent you in the process.
If paternity can be established and ordered by a court, then you can pursue custody and visitation with the child.
It is important for both parents to be in a child’s life. Establishing paternity supports this goal. Parental decisions regarding a child are highly protected by the law.
An attorney can help you understand your rights and the paternity process. Attorneys, like Sarah Carmody, have the experience you need to assist with your paternity case.
If you are involved in a paternity dispute, it is important to hire an attorney who will do everything possible to protect your parent-child relationship. Contact me, Overland Park child custody Attorney Sarah Carmody, at 913-257-3110.