In order to obtain legal rights of custody, visitation or support, it is necessary for unmarried parents to establish paternity of their child(ren). Paternity may be established by agreement and/or consent by filing the appropriate documentation or through DNA testing.
Establishing paternity allows an unwed father to obtain rights of custody and visitation over his child. Before an unwed mother can collect child support or past expenses from a father, she must also establish paternity.
Paternity cases are becoming an increasingly important aspect of domestic relations law as currently over 40% of newborns are born to unwed couples. The family lawyers at Hais, Hais & Goldberger, P.C. have handled many paternity cases over the years and have the experience and knowledge to help you navigate through this process.