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When your rights are on the line, you need to work with an experienced
divorce attorney who can handle complicated family law matters. If your paternity dispute
involves complex issues such as assisted reproduction, surrogacy, or sperm
donation, an experienced
family law attorney understands how courts in Los Angeles are making parentage determinations
in light of these advancing reproductive technologies.
If you are dealing with a paternity concern, or if you need to immediately
file a lawsuit to protect your parental rights in Los Angeles, then
contact a family law attorney from
Castellanos & Associates, APLC. With
nearly two decades of experience, our Managing Attorney
Edwin J. Castellanos can offer you sound legal advice in both English and
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How Do I Establish Paternity?
Some of the ways that paternity can be established in California include:
- Signing a Voluntary Declaration of Paternity under Family Code section 7570;
- Getting a court order;
- Obtaining a Judgment of Paternity in a paternity action that has been brought
by the Child Support Services Department (CSSD).
When there is a legal issue over a parent-child relationship, a paternity
action (or "parentage" action) can be filed by either the father
or mother of a child. However, there are situations where paternity is
There are "presumed parents" under California law when:
- A man is a child's other parent when he was married to the child's
mother when the child was conceived or born;
- He attempted to marry the mother (even if the marriage was not valid) and
the child was conceived or born during the marriage;
- He married the mother after the birth and agreed whether to have his name
on the birth certificate or to support the child; or
- A presumption arises under Family Code 7611(d) where a man is the father
of a child if he receives the child into his home and openly holds the
child out as his own.
Once a court determines the legal parents of a child, a paternity action
gives the court authority or the "power" to make other important
orders such as
child support orders.
The Benefits of Filing a Paternity Action
If you are an unmarried mother or father, there are some clear benefits
to establishing paternity. However, it is important to remember that once
it has been established there will be a corresponding obligation to pay
child support. At the same time, custody and visitation rights allow a
noncustodial parent to be a part of the child's life.
Some other important benefits to consider when establishing paternity include:
- A child's right to receive financial support from both parents;
- Social security and veteran's benefits for a child;
- Obtaining health and life insurance coverage from either parent, if applicable;
- Securing inheritance rights from either parent for the benefit of a child.
If you are in need of a family law attorney in Los Angeles to help you
understand your parental rights in California,
contact our firm to speak to one of our dedicated Los Angeles family law lawyers. Through
affordable and dependable service, we are ready to preserve your rights!