Paternity Is Important For Parents And Children Alike
Establishing paternity is crucial for decisions involving child custody, physical placement and financial support when parents are unmarried. Establishing paternity also allows your child to have legal rights to financial support, benefits, potential inheritances and access to the family health history of his or her biological father.
At Burbach & Stansbury S.C., we have a team of family law attorneys that has a proven track record of handling paternity cases with a high level of success. We understand that you want the best for your child, which may require effective family law tools.
If you are looking for experienced attorneys who can help you establish paternity, call us today at 262-257-9110.
How To Seek Paternity
Paternity could be necessary if you are a father who wants to have a relationship with the child you believe is yours, a mother who needs child custody and support agreement, or an unmarried couple who wants to protect the child’s future.
In Wisconsin, paternity is established through one of three ways:
- Court ruling – When parties disagree, they can bring the case to court. The judge can order genetic testing to establish paternity.
- Voluntary paternity acknowledgment – If neither party contests the paternity of the father, both parents can sign a form after the baby’s birth to formalize paternity. It does not matter if the parents are married or not. This form will allow for the father’s name to be put in the child’s birth certificate.
- Acknowledgment of marital child – If the mother and father get married only after the child is born, both parents may sign this form to establish paternity.
When paternity is established through any of these methods, both parents must follow any custody, visitation and child support court orders. We help unmarried parents understand their rights and obligations.
Trust Our Experience To Guide You Forward
If you are in need of legal counsel regarding issues of paternity in Milwaukee, Waukesha or any county in Southeastern Wisconsin, our attorneys are here to help. Contact us online or call us at 262-257-9110 to schedule an initial consultation.
We serve clients across Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, Washington, Racine County and all of Wisconsin.