Orange County Paternity Attorney
The family law practice at Sarieh Law Offices in Santa Ana represents clients in Los Angeles and Orange County who are seeking to establish or challenge parental rights in a divorce, child custody dispute, or paternity proceeding, including with the use of DNA testing.
California Parentage and Paternity Law
When a child is born to a married couple who were living together at the time of conception, that child is presumed to be the child of the marriage, with the married couple as the child's parents. A husband who believes he is not the father can overcome this presumption by proving that he was important or sterile at the time of conception, or by requesting DNA blood testing under California Family Code Section 7541. This testing should be requested within two years of the child's birth.
When a child is born to an unmarried couple and the child's parentage is disputed, an action to establish paternity can be filed with the court, which can issue a temporary order of child support pending the final resolution of the parentage dispute.
If the parties wish to establish paternity voluntarily, they can do so by signing a voluntary declaration of paternity. This can be done at the hospital at the time of birth or at a later date. This declaration is treated like a judgment by the court establishing paternity. A voluntary declaration can be rescinded by the parents within a specified time frame, and it can be challenged and overturned if DNA genetic testing proves that someone else is actually the father.
Orange County Paternity Lawyer
Establishing paternity can have a significant impact on a divorce or custody dispute. Only a child's legal father is legally responsible to pay child support. Similarly, only a legal father can assert a legal right to child custody and visitation. If you are needing to establish or challenge paternity in the California courts, make sure you are well-represented by an experienced Orange County family law attorney who understands the law and legal procedures necessary to achieve a positive outcome in your case. In Los Angeles or Orange County, contact Sarieh Law Offices for assistance.