Paternity / Parentage Lawyer Located in Pasadena, California and Serving
the Greater Los Angeles Area
California law provides the same rights and benefits to children of unmarried
parents as it does to the children of married parents. Children of unmarried
parents are entitled to child support, custody orders and court-ordered
parenting schedules that afford frequent and continuing with their parents.
The legal proceeding that begins the process of obtaining these orders
is called a paternity or, in legal terms, a parentage action. In a parentage
proceeding, the filing parent is requesting that the court adjudge him/her
and the other party as parents of their children. Once that determination
is made, the rights and responsibilities of parents to and for their children
arise providing the court with the basis to make custody and support orders.
The same rules apply (as they do to married persons) in the court's
determination of who will be awarded custody, the type of parenting schedule
to be ordered and the amount of child support to be paid.
However when paternity is in dispute, California law allows DNA testing
to determine parentage. There are deadlines that must be met to protect
yourself. You may lose this opportunity if you request testing too late.
California explicitly recognizes that the state has a compelling interest
in establishing paternity for all children. For unmarried persons, obtaining
a judicial order establishing paternity is a critical precursor to obtaining
a child support order and ensuring that children have access to all legal
rights and benefits under the law including social security, health insurance,
and inheritance rights. California law also allows that a higher income
parent pay all of the other parent's attorney fees and costs.
Protect yourself and the rights of your children. If you are considering
filing for paternity, or are currently going through the paternity process,
it is to your benefit to consult with a experienced Los Angeles family
law attorney. We can protect your rights and the rights of your children.
The rights associated with established paternity / parentage include:
- Court-ordered parentage schedules
- Influence on move-away orders
- Custody claims
Likewise, the responsibilities that accompany parentage include financial
and emotional child support. Benefits of parentage extend beyond the actual
parents and can work in favor of the child's future. Children can
benefit from earnings, social security, health care coverage, veteran's
benefits and intestate rights to inherit from the estate.
Parentage is a beneficial process for both parent and child. If you are
considering seeking parentage in the courts, consult with our Pasadena
family law attorney about the process and the prospect. We can help you
understand the requirements and documentation needed and want to help
you achieve your goals.
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.