How Do Paternity Issues Affect You?

When a married couple has a child, the law assumes the mother's husband is the father of the child. However, things become more complicated when a child is born to an unwed couple.

While the mother is assumed to be the legal custodian, the father must prove his paternity unless both parents agree that he is the father. Establishing the paternity of a child is a high priority in family court. Legal paternity of a child carries benefits and responsibilities, so it is not something that you should take lightly. RPM Law understands the complexities of establishing paternity in Arizona, and we are ready to assist you.

The Benefits And Obligations Of Paternity

For many children, the bond with a father affects every aspect of their lives. A child's identity, emotional well-being and physical health are often tied to the father. For this reason, men who suspect they have fathered a child seek confirmation through a paternity test. In addition to the opportunity for a father to develop a relationship with his child, some of the legal implications of paternity include the following:

  • The mother's right to seek financial support for the child
  • The father's participation in parenting time
  • The father's authority to make decisions concerning the child
  • The child's privileges as the father's heir
  • The child's benefits from the father's Social Security, insurance or military benefits

On the other hand, you may wish to disprove your paternity, in which case a paternity test would be in order. If the mother of the child claims you are the father, you would benefit from legal counsel to determine the best course of action to protect yourself from financial responsibilities.

Let Us Advocate For You

Our attorneys understand the importance of establishing paternity and the long-lasting consequences of such proceedings. Every paternity situation is unique, and your circumstances may have complex issues that require sensitivity and empathy.

Whether you wish to determine or contest the paternity of a child, having the experienced attorneys of RPM Law on your side can be to your advantage. Call us today to discuss your case with a lawyer: 520-740-1802. You can also contact us online. From our Tucson office, we represent clients through the surrounding areas of Arizona.