When the biological father and mother of a child are umarried at the beginning of the pregnancy or at the birth of the child, there may be a question about parental rights or responsibilities. The father or mother may seek a declaration of paternity to legally create a decreed parent-child relationship with the father.
However, when the identity of the biological father is unclear, paternity lawsuits may be necessary to determine parental rights, custody or support. In these instances, the court will order a genetic test. The results of this test are then used to establish a legal relationship between the parent and child, and determine the extent to which the father has an obligation to support the child. Even if the biological father does not wish to play an active role in the child’s upbringing, he still has the obligation to provide financial support to the minor.
These suits may be brought by the mother, the presumed father, the man alleged to be the father, or sometimes a government. The family law advocates at The Law Offices of John Paragano are available to offer you legal guidance, assist in filing a paternity suit with the appropriate court, or defend you against paternity action.
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For the the most compassionate service in Family Law in all of Union County, Monmouth County and all of New Jersey, contact John Paragano at The Law Offices of John Paragano, for a free consultation. Telephone 908.687.5999 or click to send an email. All consultations and written correspondences will be kept strictly confidential.