Phoenix Paternity Lawyer
What is Paternity?
Paternity in a legal sense means that a father is confirmed by the Court as the biological father of a child. If you were married when the child was conceived, this is generally not necessary. However, if you were not married when the child was conceived a father generally has to obtain Court confirmation before obtaining parental rights.
Establishing paternity is an essential component in obtaining rights for biological fathers. If the mother and father donot stipulate to paternity, this may require a court-ordered DNA test to establish proof that a man is the biological father of a child. When filing for paternity, such will raise additional issues such as Court order child support.
Fathers’ Rights and Mother’s Rights Begin With Paternity Testing
At Bishop Law Offices, P.C., our legal team works to help unmarried parents make sure the necessary paperwork is completed and filed to initiate the paternity process and represents mothers or fathers in court regarding legal decision making, parenting time and child support.
Why pursue a paternity action? Determining paternity may be required to establish rights and benefits for unmarried fathers and mothers and their children, including:
- Paternity is the first step to obtain a father parenting time rights.
- Paternity gives a father the opportunity to make or share in legal decisions about a child.
- Paternity allows a birth mother to pursue child support from the father.
- Paternity may provide a child inheritance to a father’s assets and benefits.
How Bishop Law Can Help
If you were not married and are seeking parenting time or legal decision making/custody rights to your child, or if you are trying to secure child support payments, it may be essential to work through the legal paternity test process with the guidance of an experienced paternity lawyer or child custody attorney in Phoenix. Contact the Bishop Law Office today for a consultation to learn your rights and what to expect.