Paternity

Under California paternity law, “the child of a wife cohabiting with her husband – is conclusively presumed to be a child of the marriage.”  However, in many cases, a child is born out of wedlock, or the mother’s husband is not the father.  Establishing paternity can have a significant impact on custody, visitation rights, and child support obligations.  While many parents choose to establish paternity voluntarily, it is sometimes necessary to obtain a court order.  Our attorneys have experience handling the legal aspects of all types of paternity matters.

Paternity as a legal issue implicates a broad range of family law issues, including child custody, child support and father’s rights. When paternity is in question, DNA testing often is used to determine parentage.  The determination of paternity is the first step in seeking child custody, child support or father’s rights.

The Reis Law Firm is well versed in the evaluation and litigation of paternity cases, which, in California, are referred to as parentage actions.  If you believe that you are the father of a unborn child, or if you are expecting a child, you will benefit from obtaining legal advice even before the child is born.  After the child is born, you will need legal counsel to navigate through the scientific testing to establish parentage and to work out issues of custody and child support.  The laws relating to custody and child support are very similar for unmarried and married parents, as discussed above.

The Reis Law Firm has extensive experience and expertise in the evaluation and litigation of parentage cases, including the defense against false claims of paternity.  We have represented many parents to help them to reach agreements regarding child custody and support.