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California family lawyerRaising a child on your own is hard work. It is one thing if you chose to be a single mother, or if the father of the child has passed away, or if there is been an amicable split resulting in sole custody. If, however, you need and deserve the support of the father of the child but are not receiving it, that is very different. It is, you will be relieved to learn, possible to obtain a child support order in a California court, compelling the child’s father to pay child support on a regular basis.

When this process becomes saddled with an unwanted layer of complexity, however, is when there is a dispute as to who is the father of the child. Obviously, only the biological father of the child may be compelled by a state court to furnish child support payments. Prerequisite to a child support order, in some cases as you have now likely deduced, is establishing paternity. Help with paternity matters of all kinds is available from a dedicated Los Gatos family law attorney.

A DNA Test May Be Used to Establish Paternity

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California paternity attorneyIn California, having a legal mother and father can be very beneficial to a child. But not every child is born to a family with a legal father. California recognizes a child’s legal paternity if the parents are married at the time of the child’s birth, or if the father is living with the mother and child in a family-like situation and demonstrates a commitment to the child. But if California does not automatically recognize a child’s paternity, there are two ways to establish it. A Sunnyvale paternity attorney can help.

Voluntary Declaration of Paternity

If a child’s mother and father wish to voluntarily establish the child’s paternity, they may sign a Voluntary Declaration of Paternity (VDP) form, acknowledging that they are the child’s parents. If the mother gives birth in a hospital, the hospital will provide her with the form, and, if the father signs at the hospital, his name will be put on the child’s birth certificate. If the parents sign the VDP later, a new birth certificate, including the father’s name, can be issued.

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California paternity attorney, California family law attorneyOnce a child opens its eyes into the world, the child immediately needs the love and protection of someone who cares. The mother is typically evident, but paternity needs to be established through stipulation and order or order of the court. There are many scenarios requiring paternity laws.

Presumed Parentage

If a marriage or a domestic partnership exists at the time of birth, parentage is presumed, meaning the husband is the biological father, and the mother is the biological mother. Unless proven otherwise by the court, paternity is presumed in the following circumstances:

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California paternity lawyer, California mediation attorneyA presumed biological father is married to the mother at the time of the child's birth. For many families who have alternate circumstances, establishing paternity becomes a necessity later in life. The most common event requiring a biological link is if the two parents separate. Without definitive parentage, issues arise regarding visitation and custody schedules, as well as financial support arrangements. The process to create a court-recognized parental line can be quickly completed. However, this process can also become difficult and drawn-out without cooperation and preparation.

The Hard Way

When choosing which news to receive first, 75 percent of Americans prefer to hear the bad news first. Armed with this fun fact, let us discuss the hard way of establishing parentage. Typically, parentage cases are complicated only when one side is making a dispute. In cases such as these, it may become necessary to go before a judge. Often the judge creates an order for a DNA test to determine the truth of the matter. There are many reasons to keep the issues away from the courts, including:

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California DNA testing attorney, California paternity lawyerThe reasons for establishing paternity are seemingly endless. This is beneficial to both biological mothers and biological fathers. However, while one may be certain who the parents are of the child, the other parent may not be so sure about it. This can lead to a wide variety of discrepancies and it may result in the dispute being decided in a court of law. Although a courtroom is certainly one way of establishing parentage, there are a few different methods to establishing paternity.

Benefits to Establishing Parentage

Establishing paternity gives a sense of security to the child that was previously unsure of who their parent was. It establishes a bond that will surpass all others if treated correctly. Furthermore, in addition to the emotional stability benefits, there are a few others to touch upon:

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