Paternity: The Key To Establishing Rights And Support
At Huson Law Firm, PLLC, in Maplewood, we have been helping Minnesota parents establish paternity for more than 20 years. Whether you are seeking custody rights or child support, establishing paternity is the first step. You can count on us to be there for you and your children every step of the way.
Paternity Has Come A Long Way
Decades ago, there were trials on paternity, leaving the verdicts in the hands of judges. Today, we have sophisticated DNA tests that make determining paternity a relatively simple process. But it is still crucial to have an attorney on your side to take care of the post-test issues, such as custody, parenting time and child support arrangements.
Are You Married?
Paternity is relatively simple for married couples. There is a presumption that a woman’s husband is the father of the child. If you are a husband who has his doubts, you will need to prove with a paternity test that you are not the father.
When parents are unmarried, men have very few rights. The papers you signed at the hospital gave you the right to pay child support, but do nothing for custody or visitation. You will need to petition the court for your rights.
“But we’re happy together and there are no issues!”
Great. Now is the perfect time to get this taken care of. No one knows what the future holds, and it is important to have your rights established, even if you plan on staying together forever.
Representing Parents In St. Paul, Minneapolis And Beyond
Contact us today to schedule your free consultation with a lawyer. We look forward to helping you with all of your paternity-related family law issues.