Paternity

 

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When a child is born out of wedlock, they may not automatically have a legal father. This can end up being a problem for fathers who want to have an active role in their baby's life even if their relationship with the mother is not sustained. If you are a biological father whose paternity has not been established, you won't have any rights or responsibilities unless they are granted to you by the mother.

At The Law Office of Tracey Lane Russo, we understand how complicated family issues regarding paternity can be. Our New Haven paternity lawyer can work with you and help you advocate for your rights.

How Is Paternity Established?

There are a few different ways in which paternity may be established, some of which include filing a Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity form, petitioning the court, or undergoing genetic testing. This will depend heavily on whether the mother and father are both willing participants in the process.

Although establishing paternity can be quite beneficial, not all parties may be happy about you doing so and not every situation ends amicably. However, you can rely on our knowledgeable firm to advocate for you during this process. You can also count on us to ensure that you understand your rights and responsibilities.

The benefits of establishing paternity include:

  • Father's name is listed on the birth certificate

  • Both parents can make financial contributions

  • Both parents can share parental responsibility

  • Both parents can seek custody/parenting time rights

  • The child can receive medical insurance from both parents

Serving Your Family's Needs in New Haven

Having a relationship with your child is likely very important to you. At The Law Office of Tracey Lane Russo, we realize how stressful it can be to feel as though your relationship with your child is threatened or questioned. Clear and honest counsel is essential when you are dealing with any type of paternity issue. Our legal team understands no two families are the same and will make an effort to understand your unique situation. Whether you are trying to establish that you are the father of your child or you are trying to establish the father of your child to hold them responsible, we can help.