Paternity Actions

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In California, the word “paternity” is used interchangeably with “parentage” or “parental relationship.” In family law terms, establishing paternity simply means determining who a child’s father is. Whether it is the result of a clerical error or a child being born out of wedlock, uncertainty of parentage can cause a myriad of issues as a child grows, both in terms of their self-identity and their ability to receive certain benefits such as child support and life insurance benefits.

If you are unsure of the paternity of your child or have encountered any sort of paternity-related issue, the Murrieta paternity lawyers at Hanson, Gorian, Bradford & Hanich can help. Our team of knowledgeable advocates understand the various laws and procedures that influence your situation and can help you move forward through this sensitive process as smoothly as possible. Backed by more than 50 years of combined legal experience the expertise of a Certified Family Law Attorney within our ranks (Attorney Danica Hanich), we have what it takes to guard your rights and ensure your paternity case is handled efficiently and effectively.


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Why Should Parents Establish Paternity?

Many parents are hesitant to pursue actions of paternity due to fear of the results and the changes the truth could bring to their lives. It is important for parents to look past this fear and commence paternity actions due to many benefits that it can bring.

Advantages of establishing paternity for each party include:

  • Mother: If a child does not have a father’s name listed on their birth certificate, it can be difficult for the mother to receive financial support from the child’s father. DNA testing can be used to show a man is financially responsible for a child’s wellbeing, making them legally required to make child support payments.
  • Father: Conversely, a child’s assumed father may wish to pursue a paternity action in order to prove their parental rights to custody and visitation. Likewise, DNA testing can be used to prove that a man is not the father and clear them of this responsibility.
  • Child: Establishing a child’s genetic history through paternity can be greatly beneficial for medical reasons, as well as to satisfy a child’s urge to know who they are and where they came from. Furthermore, without paternity, a child may be unable to collect social security benefits, inheritances, or veteran’s benefits related to their father.

How Is Paternity Established in CA?

By far the simplest method of establishing paternity is through the voluntary cooperation. A child’s father and mother may formally declare parentage of a child by signing a “Voluntary Declaration of Paternity” form, thereby granting them the full rights and responsibilities of being a parent.

Unfortunately, this method is not always possible, as disputes can arise between parties regarding the true identity of a child’s biological father. If a man refuses to accept paternity, or if either party wishes to prove paternity, they may petition with the court for a paternity action requiring DNA testing of the father in question. Depending on the outcome, a man will either be required to accept paternity or will be freed from the associated responsibilities.

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At Hanson, Gorian, Bradford & Hanich, our Murrieta family lawyers understand that paternity actions can be some of the most sensitive family issues a person can encounter. With one-on-one advocacy and an unshakable dedication to preserving your wellbeing, we can provide the unwavering support you need to find the truth once and for all. Whether you are a mother or a father, you can trust us with confidence knowing we have what it takes to ensure your rights are asserted.

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