Paternity Claims in Phoenix, Arizona

Paternity is a foundation of our society. Besides the emotional and social bonds created, establishment of paternity brings with it legal rights and privileges for both the father and child. In Arizona, a biological father born to a married couple is presumed to be the husband. For a child born out of wedlock, the father must sign an Acknowledgement of Paternity in order to be considered a legal parent. Determining paternity can be a complicated legal matter.

A biological father may be unaware of the child's birth or the mother may attempt to hinder the father from asserting his parentage. A mother may falsely declare a man to be the father or the biological father may deny that he is the parent. Each of these situations require astute and knowledgeable insight to resolve. At Steven N. Cole, LLC, you will find a Phoenix divorce attorney experienced in family law ready to aid you with your paternity concerns. Contact us today for more information.

Legal Needs for Paternity Claims

Simply declaring "It's a boy/girl!" is not enough to legally establish paternity. If an Acknowledgement of Paternity was not signed or allowed to be signed, the father must turn to the courts to uphold his legal parental rights. It's important for these rights to be recognized in order to be granted visitation and/or child custody. The mother of child dealing with a biological father who refuses to acknowledge their child must also seek the court's assistance. A qualified lawyer could guide a mother through the process of attaining the legal rights of her and/or her child.

These rights of the mother or the child could include:

  • Child support
  • Medical benefits
  • Inheritance matters

If the mother desires to put the child up for adoption, asserting paternity rights in a timely manner is crucial. At Steven N. Cole, LLC, we are experienced with the schedule and requirements of the Arizona legal system and are prepared to help you protect your rights as a parent.

Dealing with a false paternity claim?

Being forced to defend yourself against a false paternity claim brings its own set of complications. It can be emotionally draining as well as financially threatening. Fraudulent accusations may have widespread and long-lasting effects. Having an attorney fighting alongside you can be beneficial for your fiscal and legal wellbeing.

We at Steven N. Cole, LLC, are prepared to be your advocate for all issues related to paternity claims. Call us today for your free case evaluation!