Resolving Questions Of Paternity
When people enter into a relationship, they may decide to have a child together. In some circumstances, this may happen before the couple becomes exclusive or marries. This can raise questions about the identity of the child’s father. In these situations, it is important that the parents take the time to establish the paternity of the child.
The legal father of the child will have specific rights and obligations, but the courts will be unable to require him to complete these responsibilities unless paternity is determined. If you need help with resolving a paternity dispute, Bergmans Law P.C. in Livingston County can help explain Michigan law and guide you through this often-confusing process.
If you have questions about a paternity matter, call Bergmans Law P.C. at 810-222-5703 for a free consultation.
Paternity Considerations For Unmarried Parents
There are many reasons why unmarried parents would wish to establish their child’s paternity. For instance, a mother in need of financial support for the child typically must prove paternity before such payments will be ordered. Alternatively, paternity must be determined before a potential father’s rights will be enforceable ― such as child custody or even visitation.
Under Michigan law, there are two main ways in which unmarried parents can establish paternity for a child:
- Paternity acknowledgment: Both parents can voluntarily acknowledge paternity by completing and signing the proper documentation.
- Paternity action: Either parent may seek to establish paternity by filing a complaint with the appropriate court. Oftentimes, these particular actions are resolved using DNA testing. Once a man is determined to be a child’s father, the court can enter what is known as an order of filiation declaring paternity.
Paternity Issues For Married Parents
Until recently, any child born during a couple’s marriage was legally presumed to be the child of the husband ― a presumption that generally could not be challenged, even if another man was actually the child’s biological father.
However, with the passage of the Revocation of Paternity Act, an alleged biological father can now file a motion challenging this presumption, although, only in certain circumstances. The process can be complex, which is why it is best to seek the counsel of an experienced attorney.
Speak To A Paternity Lawyer Today
If you need help dealing with a paternity dispute, or any other family-related legal matter, contact Bergmans Law P.C. to speak with a knowledgeable family law attorney. You can reach us online or by calling our Howell office at 810-222-5703. We offer FREE initial consultations.
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