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
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!