In general, the law considers the husband to be the father if the parents were married when the child was born. Parents who are not married when a child is born can sign a voluntary declaration of paternity to establish paternity. These steps simplify matters.
However, people who are not married may not be able to agree about parentage. These decisions are especially important when seeking child support, child custody, or child visitation rights. Our practice can guide you in establishing your rights.
Paternity and DNA Testing
If you and the parent of a child are not married and cannot agree about parentage, the court can order genetic testing.
The mother, child, and alleged father will be required to submit to these blood tests. If a party refuses, the court can automatically decide against him or her. The judge may also rule on child support, custody, and visitation as part of the same case.
Working with Attorney Charles M. Green
Cases such as these require an experienced Los Angeles paternity lawyer. Charles M. Green provides this type of knowledgeable and dedicated representation.
Mr. Green is a family law specialist as certified by the Board of Legal Specialization by the State Bar of California. He is recognized by his peers, colleagues, and courtrooms for his professional accomplishments and approach, and he has worked with many clients like yourself who have gone through these complex and difficult issues.
By relying on Mr. Green for your case, you will benefit from sound legal guidance; effective trial counsel; and a supportive advisor committed to your success.