The paternity of your child can play an important role in a variety of family law concerns, including your ability to make appropriate child custody arrangements, your ability to calculate appropriate child support, and your ability to move forward with other important matters related to family law and divorce.
How Is Paternity Determined In California?
The State of California finds that both parents of every child have unique rights and responsibilities (except under extreme circumstances). While a child’s mother is known from the start, this is not necessarily true of the child’s father. As such, determining paternity for purposes of parental rights and responsibilities is extremely important, and it’s often accomplished via admission or through DNA testing that establishes the biological link between child and father.
Parental Rights and Responsibilities
Both parents of every child have certain parental rights and responsibilities to have a relationship with their child and provide support for the child. Specifically, these rights and responsibilities include:
- The right to make important decisions in relation to the child’s health, education, religious upbringing, and extracurricular activities
- The responsibility of helping to support – in terms of housing, clothing, feeding, and protecting – the child until they reach adulthood
In other words, paternity often plays a critical role in two very important divorce considerations – determining child custody arrangements and determining child support payments.
Establishing Paternity Is The Opening Move In Many Family Law Cases
If you have paternity concerns, they are not only important but are also likely to be critical to your legal case. The dedicated attorneys at The Broadway Law Firm have the experience, commitment, and resources to help you confidently move forward with you case. Our experienced legal team is standing by, so please don’t hesitate to contact us today.