Paternity

Sacramento, California, Lawyer Handling Paternity Issues

In addition to being a joy, fatherhood is a legal relationship that confers certain rights and responsibilities on fathers toward their children. Before this relationship can be established, it is often necessary to scientifically determine the father's identity. In addition, complex issues can arise as a result of marital infidelity.

At the law offices of Hugh O. Allen Attorney at Law, we have handled family law issues related to paternity in Sacramento, California, and surrounding communities for over 30 years. We provide knowledgeable, experienced and caring service. To schedule an appointment, call us at 916-229-6847 today or contact our offices online.

When Can Paternity Be Contested?

When a child is born to a married woman, the state automatically assumes that her husband is the father. When a child is born out of wedlock, paternity may be established in one of two ways:

  • The father signs a voluntary acknowledgement of paternity form.
  • A DNA test proves conclusively who the father is.

The legal father of a child has certain rights, including custody rights and the right to have scheduled child visitation. Other fathers' rights include the right to file a protest if the mother attempts to move far away. The father also has certain responsibilities, most notably the obligation to make regularly scheduled child support payments.

Paternity Issues Relating To Extramarital Infidelity

Legal complications can arise when a married woman conceives a child during an extramarital affair. When the child is born, the mother's husband will be presumed by the state to be the legal father. Indeed, strong emotions, bonds and behaviors can arise out of the father's mistaken perception.

If it becomes known later who the child's real father is, what is to be done? The state would have to terminate the rights of the husband, but complications can arise since he may be a fit guardian and will likely have developed a strong bond with the child. He may not want to give up his legally binding paternity rights.

We have extensive experience handling legal paternity and the complex litigation and conflicts involved. If you would like to schedule an appointment with an attorney at the law offices of Hugh O. Allen Attorney at Law, call 916-229-6847 or contact us online today.

This does not constitute a guarantee, warranty or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter.