When children are born to parents who are not married at their birth or when children are raised by a parent who acknowledges them as his or her own, then paternity or maternity should be legally established. It is important to formally establish parentage in order to preserve a parent’s legal right to have access to the children (i.e. custody and visitation) as well as the child’s right to receive financial support from a parent (i.e. child support).

Parentage might be agreed to outside of court using an alternate dispute resolution technique or it might be contested in court, in front of a judge. Setzer Family Law is familiar with the family code as it relates to parentage, the issues that arise regarding establishing parentage and the paperwork needed in order to obtain a judgment. Each parentage case is different. Call to schedule a consultation and to receive advice regarding your particular circumstances.

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