What is a Paternity?

When a child is born out of wedlock and the identity of the father is unclear, establishing paternity comes into play.  California paternity law says that a man who may be the father is entitled to a DNA blood test to prove whether or not he is. 

Once this is determined, a voluntary Declaration of Paternity is signed, giving the child the same rights and privileges as a child born to a married couple.  This includes financial support from parents, child support, and custody and visitation rights. 

If you have given birth to a child out of wedlock and anticipate problems from the alleged father, contact an experienced Orange County Family Law attorney who will help you get through this stressful time and make it right for both you and your child.