Advances in science and society have moved the issue of paternity into the forefront of many family law issues. The paternity of a child can be a complicated matter for all parties involved. The issue of unwed fathers' rights and the legal rights of mothers to ask for a paternity test are matters the firm handles regularly. The paternity of a child can be in question for married and unmarried parents alike. The Law Office of Karen H. Beckman is adept at addressing the technical and legal aspects of DNA paternity testing and the issues that arise once paternity is established.
Would you like to speak with a lawyer about paternity testing? Contact The Law Office of Karen H. Beckman to arrange a consultation in her Orange or Irvine, California, office.
Addressing Paternity Issues
Attorney Beckman believes that the best results often come from a fully involved client. By educating clients about the process and discussing the advisability of certain legal actions, favorable results can be sought on behalf of clients. The California legal system can be complicated regarding paternity issues. Involvement and education about your situation can be beneficial. Issues that are considered include:
Unmarried parents: Paternity is never assumed when the parents are not married. Paternity can be established through a DNA or blood test. DNA testing can also be used to prove that a man is not the father of a child.
Child support: Parents have the obligation to provide for their children. If paternity is established, child support may become an issue.
Child custody and visitation: If paternity can be established, the father may be interested in seeking child custody arrangements or spending time with the child through visitation arrangements.
Adoption: In the case of step-parent adoption, the non-custodial parent will need to terminate his or her parental rights. The paternity of a child may come into question during this process.
The Law Office of Karen H. Beckman can assist you with various issues related to paternity. Please contact the firm to arrange a consultation.
The Law Office of Karen H. Beckman is a family law firm with offices in Irvine and Orange County, California. The firm represents clients in cities that include Costa Mesa, Tustin, Santa Ana, Huntington Beach, Orange, Anaheim, Fullerton, Yorba Linda, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Laguna Hills, Laguna Nigel, San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point, San Clemente, Rancho Santa Margarita, Foothill Ranch, Ladera Ranch, Villa Park, and Anaheim Hills.