This is the legal acknowledgment of the parental relationship between a man and a child, as established by a DNA paternity test. Determining paternity is a vital resource for further legal action, such as the development of child support or child custody guidelines.
A child born during marriage is considered the child of the marriage and the Husband is the father of the child. To refute or establish paternity, the statute gives the alleged father 2 years from the birth of the child to establish his parental obligations.
Parents who are not married but sign a Voluntary Declaration of Paternity are also considered by law to be the lawful parents. When people who are not married can not agree on the parentage, you need to file a Petition to Establish Paternity and the court can then order the parties and the child to submit to genetic testing.
If you are father or mother of a child for whom paternity has not been established, please call Law Offices of Indu Srivastav for further consultation. If you are a parent who wants specified custody and visitation orders or who is seeking child support, you may have to file a Petition for Establishing Parental Obligations. Attorney Srivastav can help you in these matter.