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Paternity cases: establishing you are the father

By April 18, 2023Family Law

A California paternity case is a legal proceeding that seeks to establish the legal father of a child. It is typically initiated when there is a dispute or uncertainty about the identity of the biological father of a child, and it can be brought by either the mother or the alleged father.

In California, if the mother is married at the time of the child’s birth, her husband is presumed to be the legal father of the child. However, if the mother is unmarried, there is no legal father until paternity is established. Once paternity is established, the father can be held responsible for child support, and the child may be entitled to inheritance, health insurance, and other benefits.

In a paternity case, genetic testing is often used to determine the biological father of the child. If the alleged father is found to be the biological father, a court order will be issued declaring him the legal father of the child. If the alleged father disputes the results, additional testing or court hearings may be required to establish paternity.

Paternity cases in California can be complex, and it is recommended to seek the advice of a qualified family law attorney to guide you through the legal process.

Arlene D. Kock

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