At The Law Offices of Stephanie L. Mahdavi, we care about protecting the rights of everyone. In a divorce where children are involved, we want what is best for them. And of course, we want to make sure our client is happy with the arrangement. There are great fathers out there who want to be a part of their child’s life, and it is up to us to make sure they get the same opportunities and rights as a good mother does. Your child shouldn’t be denied a strong male figure in their lives because the parents can’t get along.
If you live in Thousand Oaks and you want paternity to rights, but being fought tooth-and-nail, you need an experienced paternity attorney. Give me, Stephanie L. Mahdavi a call. My track record in family law – especially dealing with paternity cases – is incomparable. My team of legal professionals and I will handle your case with compassion, but we will remain aggressive until we get a desirable outcome for you, our client. When it comes to getting what your child rightfully deserves, we will fight for you all the way. Give us a call today for a consultation. We will evaluate your case and devise a strategic plan of attack.
Paternity law is defined as:
“…the legal relationship between a father and his biological or adopted [child]ren and deals with the rights and obligations of both the father and the child to each other as well as to others.”
If a mother wants child support from the father, she has to first file a paternity action. In doing so, the father is obligated to either take a paternity test or state he is the biological father. After doing so, the court will decide how much he will then pay in child support. Unless there is a good reason (abuse, drug use, etc.), the father will be granted certain visitation rights with his child.
Paternity cases are confidential. The only people privy to the information are the parties involved and their attorneys. At The Law Offices of Stephanie L. Mahdavi we realize that and we handle each paternity case with care. Our main goal is to look out for the best interest of the child, and to make sure our client walks away with a comfortable arrangement.
One of the most important things to do when a child is born is establishing the child’s paternity. The issue of paternity can affect so many issues of a child and parents’ lives, including the divorce process, child custody, child support, and more. At the Law Offices of Stephanie L. Mahdavi, our qualified and experienced Thousand Oaks paternity attorneys are ready to get to work on your case. Let us make sure you are protected.
The issue of paternity usually arises when there is no agreement between the parents and a lawsuit is brought to identify the father of the child. These cases are generally brought to ensure that the father is financially or morally responsible for the child, so the father can gain visitation or custody, or to settle other parental disputes. Paternity can be established through a DNA test. The legal father of a child does not necessarily have to be the biological father.
When parentage is established, the father is responsible for supporting the child. Child support is determined by using the net disposable income for each parent and the percentage of time each parent spends with the child. They will also have to pay half of the uninsured healthcare costs for the child and half of the child-care costs if they exist.
Once paternity is established, the father will be able to request custody and visitation time though the California family court. The court will take various factors into consideration when determining custody decisions, including the financial stability of the parents, the living situations of each parent, and more.
Under California law, the state assumes that the husband is a child’s father if the parents are married at the time of birth. This does not have to be the biological father. If parents are unmarried at the time of birth, paternity will need to be established. Aside from a DNA test, this can be done by a father signing a Voluntary Declaration of Paternity if both parents are unwed at the time of childbirth. The parents can make this declaration at the hospital when the child is born, or they can sign it later. If it is signed after a birth certificate has been issued, a new birth certificate can be issued with the other parent’s name.
Whether you are a child’s mother or presumed father, correctly establishing the paternity of a child is important. At the Law Offices of Stephanie L. Mahdavi, we are ready to get to work on your behalf today. By securing a skilled and experienced attorney for your child paternity case, you will ensure your rights are looked out for throughout this process.
If you live in the Thousand Oaks or Southern Ventura County area and are going through a paternity battle, give The Law Offices of Stephanie L. Mahdavi a call. My legal professionals and I have an extensive record of success when it comes to fighting for what you legally are entitled to. We offer initial consultations to evaluate your case and devise a strategic plan of attack. We will put you in the best possible position for success and won’t quit fighting until you come out on top. Give us a call today and schedule an appointment. We will work hard for you. You can contact us for a consultation by clicking here or calling 805-379-4550.