Paternity

Compassionate Pasadena, California Divorce Lawyers with Decades of Experience

Paternity or “parentage” in California is a legal determination of who the parents of a child are when the child’s parents were not married when the child was conceived and born. Paternity is established so that child support obligations and child custody rights can be adjudicated and determined. Whether you are a parent seeking to establish your custody and visitation rights or you want to collect the child support to which you are entitled, it is important to consult with an experienced legal advocate as soon as possible.

At the Law Offices of Lee W. Salisbury, APC, we have experience with the complexities of California paternity law and can effectively protect your interests. It is important to establish paternity or challenge paternity as soon as possible to protect your rights and avoid unnecessary obligations. In addition to child support or custody, paternity determinations can also have an impact on issues concerning adoption, inheritance and health care. Our Pasadena paternity lawyers review the facts of your case, including DNA paternity testing results, where appropriate.

Handling All Aspects of Paternity Law

Our Pasadena paternity lawyers are experienced in handling the complexities of these cases, including DNA testing, paternity filings, and litigation involving such disputes. As experienced, objective counselors, your Pasadena, California divorce lawyers can help guide you through the legal process and aggressively defend your interests at every stage.

Practice Areas

A Pasadena family law attorney with our firm will be sensitive to the issues that you face and will work constructively with opposing parties on even the most emotionally charged and divisive issues. We are available to assist you on the following matters:

Our Pasadena family law attorneys have experience representing clients in all of the following instances:

Mothers seeking to establish paternity. If you are pregnant or recently had a child, we can help you pursue DNA testing to establish paternity and ensure you collect the child support to which you are entitled. If you were not married to the father of the child, then a court will likely only award child support where the father has either voluntarily acknowledged the child or where paternity has been established in a court action, such as through court-ordered DNA testing.

Mothers challenging alleged paternity. Sometimes parties will want to gain access to your children through either custody rights or visitation rights. The person will have to prove that he is the father in order for a court to grant custody or visitation rights. We can help you challenge presumed or alleged paternity in order to cut off custody rights.

Fathers seeking to establish paternity. Our firm helps fathers establish paternity and protect their rights to child custody or visitation. A court will generally not grant custody or visitation rights to a father who was not married to the mother at the time of birth, and so it is necessary to establish paternity.

Fathers seeking to challenge alleged paternity. If you are determined to be the father of a child, then you may be required to provide child support to that child until it reaches the age of majority, but a court will need to establish that you are the biological father (even if you were married to the mother at the time of birth). Our Pasadena paternity lawyers help fathers challenge paternity to avoid unfounded child support obligations.

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We help clients in paternity issues involving:

  • Establishment of child support
  • Defending against child support obligations
  • Modification or termination of child support
  • Fighting for custody rights
  • Visitation issues
  • Right to inheritance
  • Right to other benefits based on paternity

Again, time is often of the essence in paternity matters, and it is in the interest of children, fathers, and mothers to take steps to establish paternity (or to prove the absence of paternity) as quickly as possible to protect their financial and familial interests at the outset and avoid losing their rights down the road.

At The Law Offices of Lee W. Salisbury, we are dedicated to achieving the best possible outcome in your paternity matter and establishing a solution that works for you and your children in the long run. You can trust that your Pasadena family law attorney will always remain available to answer your questions, address your concerns and effectively assert your rights through your paternity matter. For a free phone consultation with an experienced attorney, please call 626.449.4812 or contact us online. We are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Law Offices of Lee W. Salisbury, APC is located two blocks south of Lake Ave. and Colorado Blvd. Our firm is accessible from the 110 (Pasadena) Freeway and the 210 Freeway. Free parking is available. We also have attorneys who speak Mandarin and Japanese.

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