Why do You Need an Attorney in a Paternity Case?

by | Sep 12, 2016 | Attorneys

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It doesn’t matter where you live in the United States, if a woman says you fathered her child, there will need to be a paternity test and you will need to go to court. If you had a child with a man you are not married to, or if you are married and had a child with another man, not your husband, there will also need to be a paternity test and a court will have to make a determination as to who is the father of that child. In either situation the process can be very complex and a well-qualified family attorney in Cedar Knolls, New Jersey area, will be the best person to get you through it.

Establishing Paternity

In most cases, paternity can easily be established through a DNA test which is accurate up to 99.99%. Generally you will still need to wait for a court order to have the testing performed as certain courts require that the test be done in a certain way and at a certain place Another way to establish paternity is to have father and the mother sign an Affidavit of Acknowledgment of Paternity before a notary where they swear that the father is the child’s biological father. You then file the form with the state and a copy of it with the petition for paternity. Be aware though, not all states will allow the form to be submitted to the court as proof of paternity.

The Need for an Attorney

Not only can you not see the need for an attorney because these are complex matters, but there are also times where one party or another contest the fact that the alleged father is in fact the father, it is of great importance that not only does every child deserves to know who their father is, but there are legal ramifications as well when it comes to support and other matters that may arise later in life. Charles F. Vuotto, Jr., Esq., is extremely well respected by his peers in the field of law and can see to it that on either side of the fence the right thing gets done.

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