Establishing Legal Paternity
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Paternity is the key to establishing parental rights for a father. When a child is born during marriage, the law presumes that the husband is the biological father of that child. When a child is born outside of marriage, there is no such presumption. It is then important to establish paternity to determine the rights and responsibilities for the child. The Mesa family law attorneys at Brown, Naegle, Crider & Jensen LLC know how to navigate such complex cases.
Why paternity is important
Establishing legal paternity can play a major role in key areas including child support and child custody. Until paternity is legally established, the child cannot claim financial support from the father. Additionally, the child may not be eligible to obtain other benefits through the father, which might include an inheritance, Social Security, military benefits and insurance.