Helping You Understand Paternity Proceedings
A paternity action is the gateway that unmarried mothers and fathers must pass through before they can exercise their parental rights in relation to child custody and support.
At Greenwood & Black in Provo, Utah, our lawyers have more than 20 years of experience in family law and divorce cases. You can count on us to answer all of your questions about a paternity case, educating you about your options and your rights and obligations as a parent.
Contact our legal team today to learn more about paternity cases.
Your Rights And Obligations
It is important to understand that mothers’ and fathers’ rights come with obligations. When paternity is established, the custodial parent will have the right to request the noncustodial parent to pay child support. The noncustodial parent will also have the right to request parenting time.
Our attorneys represent both mothers and fathers in paternity actions. If you are an unwed mother, we can help you establish paternity, and then we can move forward in pursuit of child support payments, while educating you about the possibility that the father may request child visitation. If you are an unwed father, we can help you establish paternity, and then we can explore your options for being a part of your child’s life. We will also educate you about your child support obligations and help ensure that your payments are fair.
Is A DNA Test Necessary?
A DNA test is not required if the father acknowledges paternity. However, we frequently recommend that DNA testing be done in order to ensure certainty and to prevent future disputes. It is a relatively small step that comes with the benefit of certainty.
Schedule A Consultation About Paternity Actions
We are knowledgeable divorce and family law lawyers with an office in Provo. We provide representation throughout all of Utah County. For guidance regarding your paternity matter, call 801-623-6399 or send our law firm an email. Our attorneys are fluent in English and Spanish.