Compassionate Family Lawyers in Columbia
While the rights of the mother are typically easy to establish, by nature, it can be more difficult to establish paternal rights. As a father, you have a right to care for your children and it is understandable to wish for more meaningful involvement in their lives. On the other hand, as a mother, it is only fair to prove paternity in order to secure financial support for your child. Whatever familial issue you are facing, our firm can help you establish paternity in order to establish your rights as a parent.
At Columbia Family Law Group, LLC, we want to help you find a legal solution that benefits you and your children. Each of our attorneys has extensive experience in family law and we are passionate about helping our clients. Our firm takes on large and small cases alike, and we do not shy away from complex family law issues.
Call (573) 662-4514 to schedule an appointment with our legal team.
Why Establish Paternity?
There are many circumstances where establishing paternity could prove beneficial. If you are a father and wish to exercise your parental rights, establishing paternity can grant you access to certain privileges. Once proven to be the father, he could fight for child custody or visitation rights.
Contrarily, a mother may seek to establish paternity in order to secure child support for her children. Once paternity is confirmed, the mother may then move to secure child support payments from the father. Paternity can also be used in adoption cases, in obtaining an inheritance, as well as healthcare matters.
How to Establish Paternity
Paternity can typically be established through a civil proceeding, which is an action in court. It must be proven “more likely than not” that the man is the father of the child, which is usually established by DNA testing. Medical testing can be performed by the analysis of genetics in the father and the child, which can be determined with the use of a simple DNA sample.
Trust Our Family Law Attorneys to Help Your Family
If you need to begin a family law case as a father, mother, or guardian, we can help. Whether you wish to establish to disprove paternity, we can employ our ample legal resources in order to fight for your rights. Our goal is to reach a favorable outcome that will benefit you and serve the best interests of your family.
Contact Columbia Family Law Group, LLC to get started.