Paternity Proceedings


In some situations paternity proceedings are necessary to establish a legal relationship between a parent and child.

Paternity can be established through an agreement between the parents, through blood or DNA testing, or through a court ruling.
A paternity lawyer assists unmarried parents of a minor child understand the specific legal rights and responsibilities the parents share. Paternity lawyers will help you understand your options for establishing paternity and make recommendations based on your unique situation. Unless there is an official acknowledgment about a child’s paternity, a legal action is usually the first step in establishing a legal relationship with the child.

Paternity agreements can be established through an agreement between the parents, through blood or DNA testing, or through a court ruling. Once paternity has been established, the rights of legal child custody, parenting time (visitation), and child support may then be pursued.

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To learn more about child paternity laws or to begin the process of establishing a legal relationship with your child, call us at 503.468.6741 or write to us.

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