Paternity is another area of practice for the divorce and family law attorneys at Berry Cannon Crawford Macaw, PLLC.  There are a number of relevant issues regarding paternity, whether it be a mother trying to determine and establish the paternity of her child, or a potential biological father attempting to do the same.  Petitions regarding paternity may be filed by the mother or in some instances they are filed by the potential biological father.  If there is a potential issue regarding paternity of a child, it may be extremely helpful to discuss those issues with a family law attorney prior to the birth of the child or immediately following the birth of the child.  

There are a number of factors to consider, such as whether or not the child’s birth certificate has a father listed, whether the father has signed a voluntary acknowledgment that he is the biological father of the child, the later relationship between the potential biological father and the child, the passage of time from when the potential biological father signs a voluntary acknowledgment or the birth certificate, etc.  The outcome of these issues can differ depending on the specific facts of your case.  Additionally, paternity issues may result or have relevance to issues of child support for that minor child, as well as issues of custody and visitation for the minor child.  

If you have questions or would like to learn more, please call Berry Cannon Crawford Macaw, PLLC for more information.

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