Centennial Paternity Lawyer
Before you can exercise any parental rights toward your child – and before anyone can require that you pay child support or fulfill other parental responsibilities and duties – a court must find that you are the legal parent of the child. This is most often accomplished through a Centennial, Colorado paternity action brought either as part of a divorce or child custody suit or as its own separate legal action. The decision made by the court as part of a paternity action can have a profound impact on a person’s right to visit with a child and play a role in the upbringing of the child, just as it can also impact the primary residential parent’s financial resources with which he or she must raise the child.
Experienced legal assistance from a Centennial paternity attorney can help individual litigants in a paternity dispute accomplish their objectives more efficiently and with greater certainty. Call Divorce Matters today at 720-580-6745.
Establishing Paternity in Centennial
When a person is seeking to establish paternity as to a child (whether it is someone who is wanting to exercise visitation or other parental rights with the child or whether it is the child’s natural parent looking to establish a child support obligation against another person), one may make use of one or more methods for establishing paternity as to someone other than the natural mother of the child:
- Birth certificate: If the other parent is present at the hospital for the birth of the child, he or she may consent to having his or her name placed on the birth certificate of the child. This creates a presumption that the person listed on the birth certificate is a legal parent of the child.
- Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity: After the child’s birth, the other parent may sign and submit a voluntary acknowledgement of paternity form. This, too, creates a presumption that the person completing the form is a legal parent to the child and is entitled to the rights – and has the responsibilities – that the child’s natural mother also enjoys.
- Genetic testing: If a dispute arises as to whether a person is a legal parent to a child, genetic testing may be conducted in order to establish that a person is the biological parent to a child. A child’s biological parents are assumed to also be the legal parents of the child. In order to have the most persuasive effect, the genetic testing ought to be conducted with the approval and oversight of the court.
Circumstances may also indicate that a person should be recognized as a child’s legal father, even in the absence of these presumptions. Speak with a knowledgeable Centennial paternity lawyer today.
Contact Divorce Matters Law Firm for Help with Your Centennial Paternity Action
At Divorce Matters, our dedicated and resourceful team of professional Centennial paternity attorneys can help you achieve your goals in your Centennial paternity action. Call us today at 720-463-1266 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation with us as soon as possible.
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