Paternity Lawyer in Greenwood MS
An increasing number of children are being born out of wedlock. When a child is born outside of a marital relationship to unwed parents, the law presumes that the birth mother has sole legal custody of that child until a birth father establishes paternity.
Paternity plays a huge role in child custody, child support, and visitation issues. Establishing paternity is the legal process that identifies a man as a child’s father. It is an essential part of protecting the parental rights of both the mother and the father, as well as the right of the child. It is the only way for the father to gain any legal rights, for the mother to obtain a child support order, and for the child to establish the identify of the birth father and receive support. Abraham & Associates understand the impact of paternity actions on the lives of everyone involved. Whether you are establishing or disputing a paternity issue, we can guide you through the process in the most efficient manner while protecting your legal rights and advancing your best interests.
Voluntarily Acknowledge Paternity With A Paternity Attorney.
When babies are delivered to unmarried parents, they have the right to make a voluntary acknowledgement of paternity. However, such acknowledgment is not legally binding and does not legally establish paternal rights for the father. It is important to know that voluntary acknowledgment does not yet give an unmarried father custodial rights. To conclusively establish paternity, the unmarried father will need a court order resolving him to be the father.
Establishing Paternity through a Court Order
The process of establishing paternity starts by filing a petition with the court requesting a paternity test. With the advent of DNA testing, a court can now resolve paternity issue in a relatively fast and easy procedure. If the results indicate a huge probability that the man is the child’s biological father, the law will presume paternity and the court will then issue an order establishing him as the child’s father.
Seeking Child Support through a Paternity Test
An unmarried mother is not entitled to child support until paternity can be established. If you were never married to your child’s father and attempts to collect child support have failed, our attorneys can help bring a legal action to enforce child support payments through paternity actions.
See also: Family Law
To learn more about your legal rights in a Mississippi paternity issue, contact Abraham & Associates now.
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