The Guidance You Need To Establish Paternity
New York law says a child born to unmarried parents does not have a legal father. In the same manner, unmarried biological fathers do not have a legal relationship or responsibilities to their child. A biological father must establish paternity to have a legal parent-child relationship.
At Patrick M. Noe, Jr., Attorney at Law, we understand that you want to protect and provide for your family. We will guide you through the entire process of establishing paternity and protect your best interests. It is our goal to help you achieve your goals while reducing your stress. Call our Williamsville office for a free phone consultation at 716-803-8741.
Why Is It Important To Establish Paternity?
Determining paternity allows parents to ensure that their child has the same rights and benefits as other children whose parents happen to be married. Having a legal relationship with both the mother and father could give a child:
- Insurance benefits
- Financial support, such as child support
- Significant information about family history
Being the biological father does not give you the legal right to be a part of your child’s life. Establishing a legal parent-child relationship is what can give a father child custody or visitation rights.
How To Establish Paternity
A father, mother, child or even the whole family can file a paternity petition with a New York family law court to determine paternity. Or, a father can voluntarily file an Acknowledgement of Paternity (AOP) and submit it to the family court to establish a legal relationship.
If there is any doubt of paternity from unmarried or divorced parents, courts or medical professionals can order a DNA test to confirm the relationship.
How We Can Help You
Establishing paternity is not always straightforward. Patrick M. Noe, Jr., Attorney at Law, strives to make the process as easy as possible. You will work directly with attorney Noe through your case. He will analyze your situation to help you determine the best course of action.
It is our goal to meet your individual needs with compassionate and insightful service. We strive to be family advocates you can depend on.
Contact Us To Put Experience On Your Side
You do not have to face this on your own. We serve families like yours all around the greater Buffalo area. Contact us online or call 716-803-8741 for a free phone consultation to discuss your questions and concerns with our responsive lawyer.