Butler Paternity Lawyer
Whether you are a mother attempting to hold your child’s father accountable for child support, or a father seeking to build a relationship with his son or daughter through child custody or visitation, a DNA test will help you establish paternity. DNA tests, which are usually performed by taking a saliva swab of the child, mother, or father, are greater than 99.9 percent accurate, according to the Cleveland Clinic. As is often the case, the other party may not want to participate in such a DNA test, in which case a court-ordered DNA test can be issued by a judge. For assistance with determining paternity, whether you are the mother or father, the Butler paternity lawyers at Bunde & Roberts can help make it happen.
If a married woman gives birth to a child, it is automatically presumed that her husband is the legal, and of course biological, father, though this is certainly not always the case. However, if the child is born out of wedlock, as are four out of ten American births according to Yale University, and a man acts as the father from birth and is presumed to be the father, he may be prevented from denying that he is the biological father later in the future, called paternity by estoppel. As such, a father’s actions immediately after the birth of a child can be the basis for a legal determination of paternity.
Chances are, paternity in your situation is being contested, which is why you are seeking legal information about how to prove paternity. The party that wishes to determine paternity, whether they are the mother or the presumed father, can petition the court for an order for paternity testing. Common reasons for wishing to determine paternity include:
- Mother wants to establish child support by proving the man is the biological father;
- Mother wants to establish retroactive child support by proving the man is the biological father;
- Mother wants to end child custody or visitation rights of the father by proving that he is not the biological father;
- Presumed father wants to end child support by proving that he is not the biological father; and
- Presumed father wants to obtain child custody or visitation rights by proving he is the biological father.
Contact a Butler Paternity Lawyer Today for Immediate Assistance
Are you a single mother who wants to hold the absentee father of your child accountable for child support payments? Are you a father who has been denied access to his child because the mother protests that you are not the biological dad? No matter what side you are on, an experienced Butler paternity lawyer can help get to the bottom of it, and end the dispute and questions once and for all. Here at Bunde & Roberts, our skilled attorneys have more than 100 years of combined experience in all matters of family law, including paternity. To schedule a free consultation with one of our Butler paternity attorneys, contact us by email or call 412-391-4330 to schedule a consultation.