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Paternity is an important element of negotiating divorce matters involving your child. Naturally, establishing paternity or parentage can be a contentious matter, but an experienced attorney can better streamline the process for you and the child’s other parent. Attorney Steven B. Chroman, P.C. has been practicing law since 1997 and knows the ins and outs of the family legal system. He takes a detail-oriented approach to his practice, which will be particularly important for cases establishing paternity that could involve DNA testing and court orders.

Contact the Law Offices of Steven B. Chroman, P.C. for more information on the paternity process. Call (661) 228-6072 or schedule a consultation online.

Reasons for Establishing Parentage

Establishing parentage is a necessary step before negotiating custody, visitation, or child support. Establishing parentage usually means obtaining a court order or signing an official declaration of paternity that says who the legal parents of the child are. This is particularly important for unmarried parents. 

Note that once a person is established as a legal parent of the child, they will have all the rights and responsibilities of a parent, including:

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How to Establish Parentage

In California, there are 2 methods for establishing parentage:

  • signing a voluntary declaration of parentage or paternity; or
  • obtaining a court order.

In cases where, for instance, a father might deny their parentage or are not entirely sure if they are the biological parent, they have the right to request DNA testing to find out. If DNA tests show that they are the biological parent of the child in question, they can be held responsible as a parent with the above rights even if they only had one sexual encounter. (Note that the court has specific requirements for what makes a test valid or invalid, though, so it is important to consult an experienced paternity lawyer in such situations to ensure you obtain a court-approved test).

Questions? Contact the Law Offices of Steven B. Chroman, P.C.

Paternity is a key factor in determining certain legal decisions for your child. As a result, it is important that parentage be appropriately established so both parents know their legal obligations and rights as parents. After all, you cannot negotiate custody or parenting time if you are not shown to be a legal parent of your child. To learn more about why and how to establish parentage in your family legal matter, contact the Law Offices of Steven B. Chroman, P.C.

Schedule a consultation with the Law Offices of Steven B. Chroman, P.C. online or at (661) 228-6072 to get started on your paternity case.



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