San Diego Paternity Attorney
Fighting for Fathers' Rights in California
At Livingstone Law, APC, we are passionate about fathers' rights. We understand how stressful and emotionally draining the paternity process can be, and we are committed to helping fathers obtain the legal guidance and support they need to make the process as stress-free as possible. We want to make sure that your rights and interests are protected throughout the process, and we want to make sure that you are treated fairly by the court.
How Does Paternity Work in California?
In California, a father can be declared the legal father of a child in one of two ways: by acknowledgment or by judicial determination.
- Acknowledgment of Paternity: An acknowledgment of paternity is a document that both parents sign, stating that the father is the biological father of the child. It is not mandatory for the mother to be present when the father signs the document, but the document must be notarized. An acknowledgment of paternity is legally binding and can be used to obtain a child support order.
- Judicial Determination: A judicial determination of paternity is made by a judge. A father can request a determination if he believes that the child is not his or if the mother is trying to assert that he is the father. In these cases, the father can request a DNA test to prove or disprove the mother's claim.
The mother is required to be present at the court hearing. The judge will decide based on the evidence presented whether the father is the biological father of the child. If the judge determines that the father is the biological father, he will be declared the legal father and will be required to pay child support.
How Can a San Diego Paternity Attorney Help?
If you are seeking a declaration of paternity, you will need the assistance of an experienced paternity lawyer in San Diego who can guide you through the process. At Livingstone Law, APC, we have helped hundreds of fathers obtain declarations of paternity. Our firm understands the legal process and can help you navigate the court system and obtain the results you are looking for.
If you are seeking a declaration of paternity, contact our firm today to schedule a consultation with a San Diego paternity lawyer. We offer affordable rates and flexible payment options.
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