Paternity Claims in Phoenix, Arizona
More than 20 Years in Practice
Steven N. Cole, LLC is a Phoenix
family law firm with more than two decades of experience in handling legal matters
in Arizona. When you are facing divorce, or another family law matter
such as paternity, you need to ensure that your rights will be upheld,
and that you have an attorney on your side that can produce results. Our
firm has achieved numerous favorable outcomes for our clients throughout
our decades of service, and we implement these effective methods in each
case we handle.
Establishing paternity can sometimes be a difficult process. With the right
representation on your side, you can ensure that your rights are being
upheld and that you are able to maintain your legal rights as a parent.
Our firm provides effective representation; we are the right firm for
your paternity case. Let us work with you to achieve the results you need.
What is paternity?
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.
Benefits of establishing paternity:
- Custody and visitation rights for the father
- Child support
- Medical history of the father for the benefit of the child
In Arizona, when a child is born to a married couple, the husband is presumed
to be the father, and paternity rights are easily established. For a child
born out of wedlock, the father must sign an Acknowledgement of Paternity
in order to be considered a legal parent.
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 rights.
The mother of a child dealing with a biological father who refuses to acknowledge
their child must also seek the court's assistance. A qualified family
lawyer in Phoenix could guide a mother through the process of attaining
the legal rights of her and/or her child.
The rights of a mother or their child could include:
- Child support
- Medical benefits
- Inheritance matters
If the mother wishes to put the child up for adoption, asserting paternity
rights in a timely manner is crucial. An unmarried 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 requires astute and knowledgeable insight
Contact us for the Experienced Representation You Need
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 well-being.
At Steven N. Cole, LLC, we offer a
case evaluation so that you may learn more about your case, as well as how we would approach
it. It is important that you have the resources at your disposal to effectively
pursue the results you need, and we can help make this happen.
Contact us for the experienced advocacy that you need on your side!