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Paternity Law

California Paternity Law

While many states support “common law marriages,” California is not one of them. In the event that an unmarried woman gives birth to a child, it may be necessary to institute legal proceedings to confirm the child’s paternity. At the Law Office of Dennis M. Schuster, we are highly knowledgeable in the area of paternity law, and we can help to quickly corroborate the identity of the father and help obtain the necessary court documentation.

When facing the challenge of proving or contesting paternity, it is to your benefit to consult with an experienced paternity lawyer. Here at the Law Office of Dennis M. Schuster, we can help you to understand the intricacies of paternity law and will guide you through every step of the process. The more you know, the better equipped you’ll be to get through what can be a very difficult ordeal.

In the state of California, both parents have the legal right to ordain a DNA test to ascertain the identity of a child’s father. Once the paternity is confirmed, the biological father is legally entitled to some level of relationship with his child, either through full custody, partial custody, or court-mandated visitation. The court will also decree the awarding of child support payments based on which parent has primary custody.

In addition to paternity law, the family law attorney at the Law Office of Dennis M. Schuster also handles cases involving child custody, visitation, and child support.