Father’s Paternity Rights
A number of important legal issues affect paternity including child custody, support, visitation, and more. In cases where paternity has not been established—which is generally done through DNA testing—a father’s rights may be compromised. However, once paternity is established, a father gains certain rights but may also be held to certain legal obligations, such as the financial support of his child.
If you are involved in a paternity dispute, it is crucial that you understand your legal rights. Please contact the Law Office of Jeff Zurbriggen today for a no-cost consultation with a respected and experienced family law attorney who can inform you of your legal rights and ensure they are fully protected.
Paternity Rights & Obligations
Depending on the circumstances of the dispute, the mother or the presumed father may start a civil proceeding to determine paternity. Currently, DNA testing is the most accurate method for determining paternity. Other methods of establishing paternity are marriage, the father’s name being listed on the birth certificate, and both the mother and father signing an acknowledgement of paternity – all of which do not necessarily require DNA testing. Once paternity is established, the father is generally entitled to the following rights:
- The right to pursue custody
- The right to make decisions regarding healthcare, education, religion, vacations, and other pertinent issues
Fathers whose paternity has been legally established may also be obligated to pay child support.
Know Your Legal Rights
Paternity is a complex issue that has wide-reaching legal implications as well as significant financial and emotional repercussions. Individuals who are involved in paternity disputes should always consult with an experienced family law attorney to learn more about their legal rights and options.
The Law Office of Jeff Zurbriggen has extensive experience handling an array of family law matters including paternity, child custody, and child support and is dedicated to obtaining the most favorable outcome possible for its clients. If you are involved in a paternity dispute, let us help you. We will evaluate the circumstances of your case, determine the most effective course of action, and work aggressively to maximize your legal rights and interests. Please contact us today for a FREE consultation.