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Anaheim Paternity Attorney

Paternity Test - Orange County, California Lawyer

With the advent of DNA testing, the science of proving paternity is fairly straightforward and 99 percent accurate. Other issues involved with paternity, however, are seldom so clinical. Fatherhood carries with it both moral and legal responsibilities, including child support obligations and child visitation rights.

Whether you are looking to establish paternity or challenge paternity tests, it is important to enlist the help of an experienced family law attorney. If you have questions, please call Fleming Family Law in Anaheim at 714-855-1043, toll free at 866-698-3123 or send an e-mail to schedule a free consultation with paternity attorney Richard Fleming.

Unmarried Parents

When parents are unmarried, paternity is not legally assumed — even if the presumed father has his name on the birth certificate. In order to determine paternity, a DNA or blood test will need to be administered. If parents go their separate ways, the unmarried mother will have the "natural right" to have primary custody of the child. That doesn't mean, however, that the father has no rights. If paternity can be confirmed, the father may be able to take legal action to get sole or joint custody of his child or, at the least, receive secondary custody/visitation rights.

Married Parents

Sometimes, a spouse may question whether or not he is the father of his wife's child. If that is the case, it is important to seek immediate legal counsel: California law states that you have only until the child's second birthday to challenge paternity. Waiting beyond that can require you to pay child support to the until the child turns 18 or graduates from high school.

How Can We Help You?

Contact an Anaheim paternity lawyer online or call us at 714-855-1043 or toll free at 866-698-3123 for more information about paternity issues or to schedule a free, compassionate and confidential lawyer consultation.