Representing You During Paternity Actions
The establishment of paternity forms the foundation of a number of legal rights and obligations regarding child support and parental rights. After paternity is determined, a father may seek visitation or custody rights while a mother can demand child support for her children. At the Roncone Law Offices, P.C., our attorneys assist and represent clients in paternity actions involving parental rights and child support motions. Our office prepares all necessary paperwork in petitioning the court to order a DNA test to determine paternity. After paternity is established, we then begin the legal process involved in establishing visitation rights or seeking child support payments.
For more information regarding what is involved in paternity actions and the legal leverage it affords, contact our family law attorneys at the Roncone Law Offices, P.C., today to schedule a free consultation.
Fathers’ Rights And Paternity Actions
Once paternity is confirmed, a father has a legal right to establish a relationship with his son or daughter. In general, after paternity is determined, a father has the following rights:
- A right to visitation with his child
- A right to challenge the adoption of his child
- A right to pursue the custody of his children in certain circumstances
Paternity, Child Support And Other Benefits
A boyfriend or ex-spouse who denies fathering your child can be required by the court to pay child support after it has been determined that your children were fathered by him. Depending on the age of the children involved, a father may be required to pay past due child support as well. Determining the paternity of your children may provide them with the following benefits:
- Legal entitlement to receive child support
- Legal obligation of the father to pay child support
- Inheritance rights
- Right to participate in the probating of a deceased father’s estate
- Right to receive a deceased father’s Social Security or veteran’s benefits
- Right to access father’s medical records for health care purposes
- Coverage under father’s health care benefits plan
How A DNA Paternity Test Works
Our attorneys prepare and file all necessary paperwork requesting the court to order a paternity test. Afterward, the father — and any children — will be required to submit to a DNA test. These tests are commonly performed by a technician in a certified medical facility. The technician will use a sterile cotton swab to collect DNA from the inside of the cheek of the test subject. The samples will then be sent to a lab for analysis. After the lab analyzes the samples, the results will be mailed to the court to be entered into the record. Once paternity has been established, legal motions for parental rights or child support can then proceed.
Contact Paternity Actions Attorneys At Roncone Law Offices, P.C., Today
For more information regarding paternity tests and how we can help you, contact the family law attorneys at the Roncone Law Offices, P.C., in Leominster, today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case. Our lawyers regularly represent clients throughout the Fitchburg and Worcester areas.