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Establishing Parentage in the State of California – An Overview

Establishing Parentage in the State of California – An OverviewPaternity cases are generally used to determine and/or legally confirm the paternal parent of a child when the child’s parents were not registered domestic parents or married at the time of the minor’s birth. In order to determine child custody and support orders can be obtained, parental rights must first be established in a family law court. If you are facing a paternity case in California, obtaining the legal support of a well-established family law attorney is highly recommended. The experienced litigators at RM Law Group, LLP can help.

Over the years, the proficient legal team at RM Law Group, LLP have championed on behalf of parents facing paternity cases. In the State of California, unless parentage can be established, the child will not have a legal father. In some cases, this means that child support may not be obtained from the father. To ensure your child is fairly supported emotionally as well as financially, consider obtaining the support of RM Law Group, LLP. Contact the firm today to schedule a no-obligation case evaluation.

The Importance of Establishing Parentage

Establishing parentage can often seem necessary only when parents are not able to cooperatively share custody of their child. It is important to understand, however, that aside from the psychological and emotional benefits of having both parents involved in the child’s life, establishing parentage will ascertain the child’s rights.

When paternity has been established, children can: Obtain life insurance or health insurance coverage from either parent, Have both parent’s names on their birth certificates, Have access to medical records and family history, Have the right to receive an inheritance from either parent, and Have the right to receive veteran’s benefits or social security from the parents, when available.

How Paternity is Established in California

A vast majority of people assume that in California, the court will favor the mother when it comes to child custody, visitation rights, and other family law matters that involve minors. Based on the California Family Code §3040, however, California courts cannot consider gender identity, sex, or the sexual orientation of a parent. This applies to every custody case in the state, whether or not the parents were legally married at the time of the child’s birth.

Still, paternity must be established to gain parental rights of a child. In order to establish paternity in California, the court may order the proposed father to be DNA tested to confirm his paternity. In other situations, however, the parents may enter into an agreement establishing the father’s interest in being responsible for the child and this document can be entered into the court.

Discuss Your Case with a Reputable Family Law Firm Today

Having both parents involved in the life of a child can have a tremendously positive effect. Whether you are a parent seeking financial support or are a parent who seeks to put the paternity matter to rest, it is important to seek the legal support of a well-versed family law attorney who will work hard to ensure your legal rights are protected.

Through the years, the family law attorneys at RM Law Group, LLP have successfully advocated on behalf of parents facing paternity cases in California. In the state, every case is determined based on its unique facts and circumstances. The paternity attorneys at RM Law Group, LLP offer you a free consultation to discuss your case. Consider contacting the firm today.

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