What is a Paternity action?
A paternity action is a court action that is meant to establish who the father is of a child born out of wedlock. Not all paternity actions require blood tests and the matter can proceed by default. Paternity actions are commenced for a variety of reasons including the establishment of child custody, visitation rights, and child support. Therefore, it is important to be represented with an attorney who is familiar with paternity actions to ensure that your objects are met.
I signed a Voluntary Declaration of Paternity Do I need to file a Paternity Action?
While a Voluntary Declaration of Paternity provides a father with certain protection it does not establish a case or give him custody and visitation. If the father and the mother do not agree on visitation the father will need to commence a paternity action so that he can enforce his rights with regard to child custody and visitation. However, with those rights also come the responsibility to support and take care of the child. As a result, it is important that you are represented by an attorney who is familiar with paternity actions so that they can ensure that your objectives are met.
I signed a Voluntary Declaration can I Rescind it?
A Voluntary Declaration of Paternity can be rescinded usually within 60 days after the signing of the Declaration. If you are outside that 60 day period then we recommend that you call us for a free initial consultation so that we can discuss your options with you.
San Fernando Valley & Los Angeles Attorneys that can Help You with Your Paternity Action
At the Law Office of Margaret D. Wilson we do explain the advantages and disadvantages of commencing a paternity action. We walk our clients through every step of the paternity action so they know what to expect considering their particular circumstances. Our goal in every case is to get the maximum result in the most effective and efficient manner possible.
Our office has experience dealing in Family Law Courts in Los Angeles County. We represent clients all over Los Angeles County and even in some parts of Ventura.
For help with paternity actions.