Establishing paternity for children born out of wedlock can be immensely important for both mothers and fathers. A father must establish paternity to secure rights to parenting time/visitation. A mother must establish paternity to pursue child support that will help provide the resources a child needs while growing up.
Lawyer Stacey L. Selleck and our team at Selleck Legal, PLLC, will take the time to understand your goals and take action that establishes paternity conclusively. We can help fathers obtain paternal rights by filing a complaint for paternity, custody and support.
It is important to realize, however, that the court will review factors such as the role the father has played in the child’s life, his parenting capacity and other issues. We also work with mothers who are seeking to obtain child support.
A positive DNA test can determine paternity easily, but biological paternity does not guarantee any rights. Parental rights can only be established through a court order. A father can establish paternity collaboratively with a mother by voluntarily signing the Affidavit of Parentage and filing it with the appropriate state office. That said, child support, custody and visitation must be ordered by the court.
If you are working through these issues, our team is ready to put our comprehensive knowledge to work to help you reach an ideal outcome efficiently and effectively.
Contact our Plymouth, Michigan, paternity attorney Stacey L. Selleck for a free initial consultation at 734-729-4459 or through our online form. Your email or overnight messages are responded to promptly. We represent clients in Northville, Livonia, Westland and the surrounding areas.