Colorado Springs Family Law & Paternity Issues
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Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity
When a child is born to married parents there is a presumption that the husband is the child’s father. However, if the husband is not actually the father, paternity must be established with the child’s natural or biological father before the biological father will have parenting rights or be obligated to pay child support. In many other cases, the parents of the child are unmarried, in which case paternity also needs to be established if only the mother’s name appears on the birth certificate.
DNA testing can establish who the biological father is. But it does not establish legal paternity. A further step is required in which there is an acknowledgement of paternity by both parents, or a finding of paternity by the judge or magistrate at a hearing. There are forms that must be completed and signed by the parties and filed with the Office of Vital Records. When this is done voluntarily by both parties, the process is usually quicker. However, if a father is not named on the child’s birth certificate, the mother will not be legally entitled to receive any child support from that presumed father until his paternity has been established in court.
When either the mother or the father is contesting paternity, then establishing paternity becomes more complicated. In contested cases, the moving party must seek a court order to establish paternity. Brian Boal has the ability and experience to represent you during all stages of this difficult proceeding.
There are also situations in which a legal father who signed the birth certificate but then discovers or begins to suspect that he is not actually the father of the child. In this case there are important deadlines associated with the legal father’s ability to challenge his legal paternity.
Talk to Our Experienced Family Law Attorney About Your Paternity Issue
Get the legal help you have been looking for with your paternity issue. Discuss your case with paternity lawyer by calling at 719-602-2262. You can also reach us online. Our law firm is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado.