Parentage is an important issue for both mothers and fathers in California. These issues are generally tied to other matters involving children, including child support and child custody. If paternity is disputed, a simple DNA test is the usual means of establishing paternity. The test can be court-ordered or voluntary.
Parents seeking to establish paternity or father's rights should secure the assistance of an attorney who can prepare all of the necessary paperwork, request any court-ordered tests needed to identify the father of a child and provide representation inside the courtroom. At TRABOLSI | LEVY | GABBARD LLP, we represent men and women in paternity matters, advising them about their rights and responsibilities.
We have seen an increase in the number of "presumed parentage" cases that we handle each year. Often, these cases concern the parental rights provided to couples in same-sex marriages or relationships.
We have found that many people are unaware of the potential issues that are present in these cases, and they often find out about what they need to do when it is too late to take positive steps to prevent these problems from happening. We want you to be prepared for anything that can happen in your situation, and we want you to know we are here for you to help you make sense of it all.
Once parentage is established, issues regarding child custody, parenting time, and child support must be resolved. When deciding custody issues in the state of California, family court judges strive to determine what is in "the best interests of the child." However, what constitutes the child's best interests is not always clear; it takes an experienced lawyer to present the situation in an effective and meaningful way.
We have experience with the following issues concerning parentage in California:
- Establishing parentage
- Defending against parentage claims
- The validity of genetic testing
- Voluntary acknowledgments of parentage
For fathers who are seeking to establish legal rights, a paternity determination is necessary to be granted custody rights or to have more input into decisions concerning their children's lives. For mothers who are seeking child support from fathers, a paternity action can legally determine the father of the child and provide a basis for establishing child support obligations.
Contact a Skilled Los Angeles Parentage Attorney at TRABOLSI | LEVY | GABBARD LLP Today
If you have legal questions regarding a matter arising from California family law, you should consult a skilled parentage lawyer in Los Angeles for legal advice. At TRABOLSI | LEVY | GABBARD LLP, we have nearly 100 years of collective legal experience with issues such as parentage.
To ensure the fairest case for your child, get in touch with us today by calling our Los Angeles office at (310) 455-8364