Paternity disputes can arise in various situations. One of the most common paternity cases generally arise when a mother is seeking to establish paternity to obtain custody or to collect child support or when a father is seeing to assert parental rights or custody. Regardless of what type of paternity issue you may be facing or potentially be encountering, it is important to hire a Central Valley paternity attorney to protect and assert your rights in court.
Establishing Paternity Under California Laws
Establishing paternity can be a complicated and difficult matter. One important step you need to take to establish paternity to enforce your rights to custody or child support is to force a DNA test. Demanding or enforcing a DNA test may not be an easy step.
Your attorney needs to explore all of your options and alternatives to effectively establish paternity and assert your rights to the financial assistance you and your child will need.
This is an important step that you need to take in a timely manner. If you fail to act quickly, it could impact your ability to collect back support over a considerable time frame.
What Is a Paternity Test and How Does It Work?
A paternity test is used to determine whether or not a male figure is the father of a child. The facility will take DNA samples, either by swabbing the inside of the cheek or a blood sample, from both the potential father and the child to analyze.
If the DNA matches, there is a 99.9% chance that the man is the child’s biological father. DNA paternity tests are generally very accurate. Our body contains 46 chromosomes and a child receives 23 chromosomes from each parent. As such, a father and child will effectively share 23 of the same chromosomes. In a DNA test, the DNA is spliced and analyzed to see if any chromosomes are shared. If they match, it is determined that the man is the father’s child.
Once paternity is established, it is very difficult to reverse the presumption in court.
What Happens After Establishing Paternity?
Once you and your Central Valley paternity lawyer have established paternity, the court will make a ruling on the following issues:
- Child custody
- Visitation rights for both parents
- Child support payments
- Attorney fees
Call an Experienced Central Valley Family Law Attorney
For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with Central Valley family law attorney Gurjit Srai, please call (209) 323-5558 or (559) 449-1447, or complete our online form.