Establishing Paternity in California
If you weren’t legally married to your spouse when your child was born, then you’ll need to establish paternity in order to seek custody or visitation rights. There are a few different ways to establish paternity in the state of California, but until this paternity is established legally, you have no rights or responsibilities as a father.
The legal process is foreign to most, so it’s understandable that you may not know where to start. A family lawyer from The Law Office of Laurence J. Brock can help you understand what your parental rights are and help you establish paternity through the court.
Ways to Legally Establish Paternity
There are three different ways to establish paternity in California. You can sign a voluntary declaration of paternity, ask a child support agency to establish paternity for you, or go to court to establish paternity.
With the voluntary declaration of paternity, both parents will have to sign a document agreeing that the father will be put on a new birth certificate for the child. This document will go into the court system to establish paternity and custody can then be decided.
If you go through a child support agency, they will ask for a child support order on your behalf. When a child support order is delivered, paternity will have to be established. If the mother denies that you’re the father of the child, a blood test will be offered to prove paternity.
If you choose to handle your own case in court with the help of a family lawyer, you’ll need to file numerous forms and possibly go to trial in order to establish paternity.
Contact a Highly Qualified California Divorce Attorney
Depending on how reluctant the mother is in your paternity case, the establishment of paternity can go very smoothly or be an incredibly difficult process. Having an attorney by your side will ensure you’re supported no matter what happens. At The Law Office of Laurence J. Brock, we can handle the legalities of your case and make sure your paternity is established no matter what.
If you’re ready to speak with a divorce lawyer about your case, call us today at 909-466-7661 or fill out the contact form below.