DNA Paternity Testing
Establishing Parental Rights and Responsibility for Child Support
If unwed parents do not agree that the father has parental rights at the birth of the child, proof will be required to grant the father parental rights. The most common way for this to occur is through DNA paternity testing. A DNA test involves a swab of the father’s cheek cells to compare his DNA to that of the child. Whether you are a father trying to assert his parental rights, you have been deemed responsible for a child who is not yours and you are fighting the allegations, or you are a mother trying to collect child support, you need a Lakeville attorney who knows how to utilize DNA testing as proof of paternity.
At Dwire Law Offices, P.A., we have extensive experience on all sides of this issue. We work regularly with the family court system regarding paternity and DNA testing so we understand not only what is at stake for you but also what the law requires of parents when it comes to the rights and responsibilities for their children.
Dakota County Lawyer Handling Proof of Paternity
If you are a mother who is trying to prove paternity and the father of your child is refusing to acknowledge the child or pay child support, we will file the necessary paperwork to compel him to have the DNA test. Once paternity is established, he may be required to pay child support. You need to be aware that this also means he can petition for parenting time with your child.
If you are a man who allegedly fathered a child but don’t believe the child is yours, we will help you defend against these allegations. You will be required to take the DNA test as part of this and if you are found to be the father, you may be required to pay child support.
If you are a father who wants to establish paternity so you can compel the child’s mother to allow you to see your child, we will help you file to compel her to complete the DNA test for her child so your DNA can be compared to confirm your paternity. Once your paternity is confirmed, you will have the right to petition for parenting time.