Paternity and Parentage
Raising a child is difficult, but raising a child as a single parent brings a unique set of challenges. Single parents often seek paternity or parentage in order to recieve financial support from the child’s other parent. These cases are often filed by mothers seeking to establish parentage. Consequently, paternity cases compel fathers to pay child support and contibute to related care expenses. On the other hand, fathers can also file parentage cases if he has raising the child without financial contribution from the mother, or negotiations with the mother have failed. As such, parentage laws are viewed differently by men and women and require an experienced attorney.
Establishing paternity for a child requires skilled and experienced legal representation. Paternity litigation affects child support, custody matters, parenting rights and responsibilities, and the financial well-being of parents and their children. Child support has a significant role in one’s economic security. Most paternity matters involve unmarried fathers and mothers, which differ from divorce cases. A skilled family law firm is important to protect one’s parenting rights.
Paternity cases require skilled parentage lawyers who understand a parent’s rights and responsibilities. At Gateville Law Firm, we understand the emotional and financial consequences of the custody process, especially for unwed parents.
DNA testing is used to prove and disprove paternity. Once paternity is established, a decree of parentage is established, which impacts the following areas:
- Child Support
- Parenting visitation and parental responsibilities
- Health insurance coverage and Daycare Responsibilities
- Contributions to daycare, extracurricular activities and out of pocket medical expenses
At Gateville Law Firm, we understand how a paternity or parentage case affects one’s life. Here, we are experienced at navigating the complex court processes. Sean Robertson and the Attorneys of Gateville Law Firm represent fathers and mothers in parentage and paternity matters. Contact us today at 630-780-1034.