Sacramento Paternity Lawyers
Protecting the Rights of Unmarried Parents
When parents who are unmarried have a child, the question of parentage does not usually become a legal matter unless a dispute related to the child arises. This could be linked to child support, visitation issues, or child custody.
At The Law Office of David A. Martin & Associates, we have a clear understanding of the issues that unmarried parents face when it comes to their children. We believe that parents should be able to enforce their natural rights and that every parent should be held accountable for financially supporting their child. With our firm by your side, you can achieve your goals and protect your parental rights.
When an unmarried woman gives birth in California, she and the alleged father can sign a voluntary declaration of paternity form. Once this form has been filed with the State Department of Child Support Services, the man obtains full parental rights over the child.
If this form is not filed, a party can begin a civil action to determine paternity. In most cases, the alleged father will be ordered to complete genetic/DNA testing.
The Benefit of Establishing Paternity
Establishing paternity can benefit mothers, fathers, and children alike.
- Ensuring that both parents contribute financially to raising their child
- Protecting the father’s right to custody/visitation
- Helping the child better understand his/her family’s medical and health history
- Providing the child with the opportunity to have a relationship with both parents
Retain a Lawyer
Paternity actions and parental rights cases are often sensitive and emotional affairs, so finding a suitable lawyer who can advocate for you effectively can help you achieve your goals. Our Sacramento paternity lawyers can present your position with sensitivity and compassion as we pursue the resolution you are seeking.
Reach out to The Law Office of David A. Martin & Associates today at (916) 299-3936.