Work With an Experienced Attorney in Paternity Matters

The birth of a child can be one of the happiest and most stressful times in a person's life. In the best situations, everyone is excited about arrival of the new child. Unfortunately, if the child is born and it is uncertain who the father is, the situation can be frustrating. Whether you are a new mother who needs to determine the father of the child, a man who is uncertain if the child is his, establishing paternity is important.

Other times, the parents were together, just not married and happily had a child together. Unfortunately, the parties are no longer together, and a parenting plan is needed, as well as a child support order. Also, consider visitation rights and other rights that would necessitate a determination of parentage.

At my firm - the Law Offices of Paula D. Kleinman - I work with men and women throughout the paternity process in Vista, California. With over 10 years of family law experience, I have a thorough understanding of the important issues surrounding paternity. Contact my firm online or call 760-542-6072 to schedule your free initial consultation.

Parental Responsibilities If Paternity Is Established

Paternity is established using a blood or DNA test. Because of the private nature of paternity, the testing and trials are confidential. I know this can be a frightening and confusing experience. The results of a paternity test can impact the rest of your life. When clients contact me, I work closely with them, preparing them for each step of the process and explaining the possible outcomes.

If paternity is established, the parental responsibilities will change for both the mother and father. One parent will be expected to pay child support, and in most cases, he or she will also be awarded custody time. If paternity is established, both parents most likely will have a say in how the child is raised. Schedule your free initial consultation with an experienced lawyer by contacting me online or by calling 760-542-6072.