Civil paternity

In the State of California, a child born to a married couple is assumed to have been fathered by the husband, unless proven otherwise.  If a couple is not married, they can sign a legal document when the child is born or can wait for a later date, if necessary.

In the case of an unmarried couple, the court can order genetic testing to establish paternity.  If paternity is proven, the mother of the child can request child support.  In addition, the father can request visitation rights.

Paternity cases can be extremely complicated.  If you would like to establish paternity of a child, contact an experienced Orange County Family Lawyer to discuss your case.