Paternity issues arise when a child is born to unmarried parents. Such issues involve a two-step process. The first step involves confirming that the alleged father is the child’s biological father. In some cases, both parents can stipulate to the father’s paternity by signing a Voluntary Paternity Acknowledgment. Other cases require genetic testing.
Once the first step is complete, the second step determines the father’s rights and obligations with regard to custody, physical placement and child support. The second step of the process must be done through the court system. This is true even if both parents sign a Voluntary Paternity Acknowledgement. The father does not have any custody or placement rights of the child, nor does he have any obligation to pay child support until the court completes the second step.
Axley’s family law attorneys have vast experience in all aspects of paternity matters. Contact us today for an initial consultation.