Establishing Paternity in Orange County
Caring Family Lawyers in Irvine, CA
A paternity action is when a party seeks to establish the identity of the
biological father to a child. A paternity action may be brought by the
child's mother in order to obtain child support to help her meet the
costs associated with caring for her child. A paternity action may also
be brought by the biological father, usually in order to obtain legal
custody (the right to participate in significant decisions on behalf the child),
physical custody (the right to organize and administer the day to day residential care
of a child), or at least the right to visit with the child. The establishment
of paternity is also very important to a child. The child not only benefits
emotionally from knowing the identity of his or her father, but there
are also legal and economic benefits for the child, such as
child support and inheritance rights.
For help establishing paternity, call (949) 536-7500 to request an initial consultation.
At The Buncher Law Corporation, our Orange County family law attorneys
can explain the legal issues involved in a paternity action. The task
of establishing paternity has become easier today, but the laws are much
more complex. Our attorneys are familiar with the laws. We are experienced
in representing mothers and fathers in parentage actions.
How Paternity Is Established
Paternity is increasingly easier to establish due the advancement of technology
via DNA testing. This can be done quickly and painlessly via DNA comparison
of a swab sample of the cells from inside the father's and child's
cheeks. A blood test can also be used to prove paternity.
Other evidence can also be introduced to help establish paternity such as:
- Testimony about sexual relations between the parties,
- Evidence of an intimate relationship between the parties during pregnancy
- The designation of the father on the birth certificate
- Reference by the alleged father in postcards, etc. to the child as the
- The provision of gifts by the alleged father to the child
The Buncher Law Corporation: Treating Your Case as Our Own
Under California law, in some instances, a non-biological parent (even
of the same sex) may be legally declared to be the child's parent,
with responsibility for child support. Furthermore, in some instances
a grandparent or other person who has been caring for the child as their
own (in a guardianship action) may be granted custody and / or visitation
rights. At The Buncher Law Corporation, we represent all parties involved
in paternity actions. We are committed to obtaining the best possible
results and treating your case is if it were our own.
Give us a call to learn more
about how we can help you with your paternity matter.