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In Paternity actions, the parties are not married to one another and the court will make orders that establish the parental relationship of the mother or father to the child. The Paternity Attorney in Orange County CA states that one way to establish a parental relationship is by signing a declaration of Paternity at the hospital that has the same effect as a court order of paternity. After the form is signed the declaration of paternity needs to be filed with the California Department of Child Support Services. A father does not have rights even if he appears on the birth certificate until there has been legal adjudication of the matter.
Once the court finds parental relationship either thru genetic testing or a parent voluntarily admits to parentage, them that parent will have rights to visitation and the legal obligation to support the child.
If the parties are married at the time of the birth of the child, the spouse is assumed to be the parent. If the parties are in a registered domestic partnership after January 1, 2005, then the law assumes that the domestic partners are the parents of the child.
If you are married and you feel that a child born during the marriage may not be your, you need to contest paternity within two years or you will be presumed to be the child’s father.
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If you need legal assistance with a Petition to Establish Parental Relationship, please contact the Family Law Offices of Yanez & Associates. Call now, our staff is standing by 24/7. Or if you prefer, use our online contact form located to your right.
The Orange County Paternity lawyers of Yanez & Associates handle cases in all of Orange County and Los Angeles County. Anaheim, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, Los Alamitos, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Orange, Brea, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Habra, La Palma, Laguna Beach, Placentia, Santa Ana, Stanton, Tustin, Westminster; Yorba Linda are just few of the communities assist.