Paternity

Experienced and Supportive Attorney Helping Parents Determine Parentage and to Secure Custody and Child Support Orders in Paternity Cases

DNA testing is routinely used by the Court to establish paternity.  However, advances in reproductive technology and the changing nature of families are creating new challenges in family law proceedings.  Attorney Sam Christopher Allevato has handled cases where parents have come forward several years after the birth of a child presenting unresolved paternity issues.

At the Law Offices of Sam Christopher Allevato, Attorney at Law we help our clients secure their parental rights and obtain appropriate child custody and child support orders.  We often are faced with a myriad of diverse issues such as:

  • Helping mothers and fathers establish paternity through DNA testing, and secure child support, child custody, and visitation orders, including the right to participate in decisions involving a child’s health, education, religious upbringing, and welfare.
  • Representing clients in cutting-edge legal cases involving in vitro fertilization and disputed custody of frozen embryos as part of divorce proceedings or after a donor’s death.
  • Assisting individuals in same-sex relationships secure their parental rights prior to or after the birth of their child.

Establishing Paternity

In California, a child born within a marriage is legally presumed to be the child of both spouses.  In the event that the parents are not married, the couples can look into filing an Acknowledgment of Paternity.  This is a special form provided by the State of California which can be filed to declare paternity.  While this can be done at a hospital, it can also be done with your attorney according to specific legal processes that can be explained by Attorney Sam Christopher Allevato.  All parents should be aware that signing an acknowledgment of paternity waives your right to seek a DNA (blood genetic marker) test at a later time.  The acknowledgment will have the same force and effect as a court order of paternity.  If there is any doubt as the parentage of a child, you should seek the services of the Law Offices of Sam Christopher Allevato, Attorney at Law.

Consequences of a Paternity Finding

There are many consequences of a paternity finding.  In terms of the welfare of the child, it affects access to Social Security, veteran’s, inheritance, health care and life insurance benefits, where available.  It also provides a more comprehensive family medical history, assisting in the medical care of the child throughout the child’s life.

A paternity finding can afford the father custody and/or visitation rights.  Child support can also be obtained or denied based on a determination of paternity.  These matters would be resolved in separate proceedings following the resolution of the paternity case.  At the Law Offices of Sam Christopher Allevato, we seek to help our clients through this process and achieve a smooth resolution that allows them to move forward with their lives.

If you are seeking legal help to determine the parentage of your child or to protect your parental rights contact our offices today to discuss your matter.

For a confidential consultation with Sam Christopher Allevato, Attorney at Law call (714) 832-1166 or contact us today online.