Whether you are the mother or potential father of a child, determining paternity is important. It's the first step in establishing parental rights, financial rights, and obligations. A skilled family law attorney can assist parents seeking to establish or disprove paternity, and help them with the associated legal issues, including child support and custody, visitation and government benefits.
Paternity cases involving proving that someone is or is not the biological father of a child through the use of DNA testing.
Paternity cases arise in one of three ways:
Establishing paternity is particularly important for a child because it allows the child to obtain a number of benefits through the father, including child support, inheritance rights, and social security or disability benefits. It is also important for fathers who can then seek custody or shared parenting with the mother.
The right to parent a child is not based on whether or not the father is married to the mother. As long as the father is fit, he has a right to spend time with his child and be a part of his child’s life. A biological father’s right to custody is greater than that of other parties, including grandparents and extended family members.
Kansas laws also provide protection for fathers who have assumed parental responsibilities, such as supporting the mother through her pregnancy, helping to raise the child, and paying child support. Contact Mark Jeffers to learn more about your rights as a father.
Determining whether or not you are the biological father of a child is an important legal step that has many personal, financial and legal consequences. Jeffers Law Office works closely with fathers in paternity cases to either establish or disprove paternity. We will provide advice and counsel through all steps of the paternity process, including filing court actions to enforce custody and visitation rights. For a free initial consultation on your paternity case, call our office today.