In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, spouses are assumed to be the legal parents of any child they have during their marriage. It can be more complicated for parents who are unmarried when they have a child together. In order for the parent who didn’t carry the child to have parental rights, they must establish paternity. Establishing paternity is also necessary for a parent to be allowed custody and visitation rights and for a parent to be responsible for child support.
The attorneys at Magnolia Law understand that determining family rights can be potentially stressful, especially immediately after the birth of your child. It can be helpful to determine a plan to establish paternity with an experienced paternity attorney.
In some cases, parents are establishing the paternity of a child who has been born for some time, and they may even be at odds with each other. You’ll want a family lawyer on your side who has helped other families establish paternity in court. At Magnolia Law, we can help you through the entire process. Establishing paternity in court can be complex, but it can allow parents to have essential rights and responsibilities to their children. We want to work for the interests of your family.
Paternity is establishing the legal and biological relationship between a parent and child. Married parents are presumed to be the biological parents of a child unless paternity is contested. When unmarried couples have a child, the parent who carries the child is considered the sole legal and biological parent unless paternity is established. Even if the unmarried couple are in a committed and long-term relationship or even live together, the other parent does not have parental rights unless they are established. Luckily, if both parents are willing to establish the other parent’s paternity, the process is much easier.
There are two ways unmarried couples in Louisiana can establish paternity of their child: both parents can willingly sign an affidavit of acknowledgment, or the court can determine paternity when a claim is filed.
Signing an affidavit in front of a witness is a fairly simple process. However, disputing or establishing paternity through the court can be much more complex, especially if you and the other parent or alleged parent have a contentious relationship. When you work with a family law attorney who can provide compassionate and effective counsel during a court claim, it’s much easier to defend and protect your rights. An attorney can help you:
Establishing paternity is necessary for many parents to receive essential child support payments and for other parents to earn rights and responsibilities for their children. You want an attorney who understands the stakes in family law claims like paternity actions and who works diligently to represent your interests in negotiation or in court.
There are several reasons why establishing paternity is beneficial for both parents and their children. This includes:
In addition to legal and financial benefits, it allows a child to have a relationship with both of their parents. This is often beneficial to both the parents and their child.
You may be hoping to establish paternity soon after your child’s birth or any time after. You may want to dispute an established assumed paternity or paternity declaration. At Magnolia Law, a Baton Rouge paternity lawyer can help. The most optimal way to handle paternity actions quickly, effectively, and successfully is with a knowledgeable attorney. We always aim to provide compassionate representation and walk you through each part of establishing paternity.
The family law system can be complex, and you have a lot at stake. Contact Magnolia Law today to determine how we can advocate for your rights and interests in negotiation or litigation.