Parentage & Paternity

Parentage

Most fathers don’t realize that they have no legal rights as a parent if they were not married to the mother of their child.  If the father would like to gain non-custodial rights they must prove that they are the father.  This can be done by DNA testing or proof that the father is a ‘presumed father’ under the family code.  Only after parentage has been established may a party seek custody rights.  Determining how and when to proceed is always difficult for the client.  Avoid the pitfalls of self-representation and let our experienced help you through this process.