Divorce Lawyer Minneapolis, MN
When you are faced with a child custody dispute there is a lot at stake. You don’t want to lose the right to see your children; however, you also don’t want to have to pay child support if the child isn’t yours. Establishing paternity takes away the ‘what if’ questions involved with child custody, parenting time and child support decisions. Once paternity is established, the courts can issue orders to ensure that the child is taken care of financially by both parents.
If you are faced with questions surrounding the paternity of your child, whether you are the alleged father or whether you want the alleged father to step up, then our Minneapolis family lawyers can help. The attorneys at the Goldstein Law Office have over 50 years of combined experience in family law including child custody and questions of paternity cases.
How is Paternity Established?
There are two ways to establish paternity under the state of Minnesota law:
Recognition of Parentage: this is a document that is filed with the Minnesota Department of Health. It is a sworn statement by both of the parents claiming that the named man is the child’s father. A Recognition of Parentage can be signed at any time, provided that the mother is not married to someone else and that the parents are at least 18 years of age. If only one parent has signed it, then the Recognition Of Parentage (ROP) is not valid.
Genetic testing: the scientific approach to establishing paternity is genetic testing, which involves DNA samples and may require a Court Order. If there is a problem determining paternity through the above ROP, if there is more than one man claiming to be the father, or if the alleged father refuses to believe he is the father, then it can be confirmed through a DNA paternity test.
One paternity is established it is a lot easier to move forward with the other issues surrounding the case. However, before you sign anything or demand a DNA test from anyone, it is best to speak to a Minneapolis paternity lawyer about what this can mean for your rights. Establishing paternity means you and your ex partner can move forward with things such as:
Custody of the child
- Parenting and visitation rights
- Child support payments
Contact a Minneapolis Family Lawyer & Attorney
If you are ready to move forward and get on with your life after a relationship has ended, then speak to our Minneapolis paternity lawyers. We can help you with any questions or concerns you have and ensure that your rights are protected regardless of whether you are the alleged father or the mother. Our first consultation is always free so come in and speak to the team at Goldstein Law Office today by contacting 763-450-1500.