Many children are born to a man and woman who are not married to each other. Although this situation is increasingly common, the courts must follow certain procedures in order to afford the mother and father of certain rights and obligations.
Before a court orders a father to pay child support or grants the father parenting time or custodial rights, paternity must be properly established. Indiana recognizes two methods for unmarried parents to establish paternity: the execution of a paternity affidavit or the initiation of a paternity action with the court.
Upon the filing of a paternity action with the court, the court will inquire as to whether the parties dispute that the man is the child's father. If the parties dispute the paternity, the court will order the parties and the child to undergo DNA or genetic testing. The results of the genetic testing can be used as evidence as to whether the man is the father of the child.
Once paternity is properly established, the court will then address the issues of custody, parenting time, and child support.
Whether you are a woman who seeks child support from your child's father or a father who seeks custody and parenting time rights to your child, Attorney Joseph M. Roberts is available to initiate a paternity action, guide you throughout the process, and protect your rights.
If you have a child and seek a modification of your child support or custodial rights as a parent YOU DO HAVE RIGHTS and you don't have to do it alone. Your next call can make all the difference in protecting your rights and preserving your freedoms. Put your mind at ease by contacting Northwest Indiana Paternity Lawyer Joseph M. Roberts now to schedule your informative, no obligation case evaluation.
Your next call can make all the difference in protecting your rights and preserving your freedoms. Put your mind at ease by contacting Northwest Indiana Paternity Lawyer Joseph M. Roberts now to schedule your informative, no obligation case evaluation.
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