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.
At the Buncher Law Corporation, our 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.
Paternity is increasingly more easy 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. 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 post cards, etc. to the child as the child’s “daddy”, the provision of gifts by the alleged father to the child, and so forth.
Under California law, in some instance, 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 grant parent 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.
Contact the family law attorneys at the Buncher Law Corporation at (949) 398-8720 today to schedule a consultation.
We serve clients throughout Orange County, North San Diego County, Riverside County and Los Angeles County.