Paternity Claims in Phoenix, Arizona

More than 20 Years in Maricopa County

Steven N. Cole, LLC is a Phoenix divorce and 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:

  1. Custody and visitation rights for the father
  2. Child support
  3. 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 to resolve.

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!