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Importance of Establishing Paternity in Wisconsin

Paternity is critical in any family law proceedings. It can have a direct influence on decisions involving child custody, physical placement, and financial support. Establishing paternity also allows your child to have legal rights to financial support, benefits, inheritance, and access to the family health history of his or her biological father. At Burbach & Stansbury S.C. we have a team of first-class family law attorneys that have a proven track record of handling paternity cases.

If you are looking for experienced attorneys who can help in the process of establishing paternity, call us today at (414) 721-9611.

How Is Paternity Established in Wisconsin?

Whether you are a father who wants to have a relationship with the child you believe is yours, a mother who needs to establish paternity to help with a child custody and support agreement, or an unmarried couple who is just looking out for the future of your child, there are three options available to help you determine paternity.

In Wisconsin, paternity is established through the following:

  • Court Ruling - If either party disagrees as to the identity of a child’s father, the case may be taken to court for a decision. The judge will likely order genetic testing to establish paternity. If other related issues cannot be resolved by agreement of the parties in this process, the court will decide these issues.
  • Voluntary Paternity Acknowledgment - If neither party contests the paternity of the father, both parents can sign a form right after the baby is born confirming this. This is applicable to both married and unmarried couples. Accomplishing the 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.

If you are in need of legal counsel regarding issues of paternity in Milwaukee, our top-notch attorneys are here to help. Contact Burbach & Stansbury S.C. at (414) 721-9611 for an initial consultation.