When paternity of a child needs to be established, time is of the essence. Paternity is generally not a matter to be dealt with if the parents of a child are married. In those cases the court will presume that the husband is the father of the child. When an unmarried couple has a child together; however, paternity will need to be established. This needs to happen as soon as possible to ensure that the father receives the rights and responsibilities deserved to his child. In order for the unmarried father to have his name put on the birth certificate of the child, he has to sign a declaration of paternity. California does not allow the mother of the child to list him as the father if he is not present. Once the declaration of paternity is voluntarily signed by both the mother and father, paternity is firmly established.
Other issues arise when there are legal disputes regarding paternity. Generally if a father refuses to sign a paternity statement, the court will establish paternity and hold the father responsible. A court order may require DNA testing in order to determine paternity. DNA testing can include:
- A blood test
- A hair test
- A buccal swab test
While these tests are highly accurate, there is still a possibility of either parent to dispute the results and request a hearing in court. If you are a father trying to establish paternity, contact a Pasadena paternity lawyer from our firm. We can also assist mothers who are trying to establish paternity and collect the child support needed. Team up with more than 30 years of experience by getting in touch with us at the Law Offices of Makupson & Howard. We can provide you with the legal guidance that you need when facing a paternity matter.