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Under California law, you can make no assumptions about who is presumed to be the father of a child. The courts often take a long look at some complicated issues.
A man is presumed to be the father of a child if he was married to the mother at the time of conception. If the couple is married, there may still be cases of disputed paternity, however. If there is no marriage, but a man agrees to place his name on the birth certificate or to provide financial support of the child and care for the child as his own, the courts will consider him to be the father. Under California law, either party — father or mother — wishing to dispute paternity under either of the above circumstances must file a paternity lawsuit to prove that a male other than the name on the birth certificate is the father. If you are going through a paternity dispute, email us or call 888-959-8508.
Child support, child custody and parenting rights all begin with determining the paternity of the baby. Whether you are a mother seeking to prove paternity in order to obtain child support payments or a father seeking visitation and parenting time under the law, you need to begin the process by obtaining official paternity status.
The family law team at Lauby, Mankin & Lauby LLP can help you with all of your paternity law matters. From wherever you are in Southern California, call us toll free at 888-959-8508 or contact one of our convenient offices in Riverside or Irvine, California, to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced paternity lawyers today. You can arrange a free consultation with one of our attorneys to discuss your circumstances. We will explain California family law regarding paternity issues and fathers rights and help you decide how to move ahead with the next step in the process.
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