Why Is It Important To Establish Paternity?

When a child is born to two unmarried parents, it is necessary to establish paternity with the courts. This creates a parent-child relationship between the child and the father. Establishing paternity is crucial because it allows you to address child support and custody disagreements before the court.

At Dietz & Overmann, PLLC, we handle paternity and other family law issues for clients residing in northern Kentucky and the Cincinnati area. The process of establishing paternity is often complicated. But with our attorneys’ guidance, we can help you understand the steps needed to achieve that goal.

Where You Can Start

A paternity or DNA test can determine whether a man is the biological father of a child. Should disputes over the paternity of a child arise, it is common to use this method to settle the matter. If you are uncertain who the father of a child is and wish to prove paternity, speak to us today.

Let us help you establish the paternity of your child so you can accomplish the following:

  • Obtain legal and physical child custody rights, if you are the father
  • Obtain visitation rights with a child, if you are the father
  • Have child support ordered if you are the mother
  • Be reimbursed for expenses associated with the child’s birth and upbringing

DNA tests are not always necessary. Should both parties agree on paternity, they can simply enter an acknowledgment of paternity, or agreed judgment of paternity, that is then recognized by the court.

Why You Should Involve An Attorney In The Process

Confirming paternity lets a father be a part of his child’s life to provide the support that the child needs to thrive. For this reason, it is important for you, whether you are the mother or father of the child, to work with a skilled attorney.

For representation from a lawyer experienced in navigating these types of sensitive family law issues, reach out to us today. Call our Edgewood office at 859-757-2978 or request your consultation online.