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.
At RPM Law, our team understands the complexities of establishing paternity in Arizona. Let us assist you.
The Benefits And Obligations Of Paternity In Arizona
For many children, the bond with both parents affects every aspect of their lives. A child’s identity, emotional well-being and physical health are often tied to the relationship with both parents, whether mother or father.
In addition to the opportunity for a parent to develop a relationship with their child, some of the legal implications of paternity include the following:
• A parent’s right to seek financial support for the child
• The parent’s participation in Parenting Time
• The parent’s authority to make legal decisions concerning the child
• The child’s privileges as the heir to a respective parent
• The child’s benefits from the parent’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 if you are unsure of your paternity.
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 establish or contest the paternity of a child, having the experienced attorneys of Team RPM on your side can be to your advantage.