When it comes to divorce, many men often feel they are at a disadvantage–especially when it comes to the rights to their children. At the Westlake Village Law Offices of Stephanie L. Mahdavi, we are committed to helping both mothers and fathers sort through the legal issues and considerations of paternity and the fathers’ rights. With two decades of experience handling these matters throughout Ventura County, we have the background and understanding to help you efficiently navigate the paternity process. We focus on providing solutions that are tailored to your needs and the best interests of your children.
Consult with a Westlake Village paternity attorney for guidance through your paternity questions. We are happy to answer your questions and help you through the entire process.
If a father is seeking parental rights in Ventura County, he must first file a petition to establish paternity. When a father was not married to the mother at the time of the child’s birth, he must undergo paternity testing to establish that he is in fact the biological father.
After this, the court will evaluate the extent of parental rights he will be granted, as well as child support that he will be obligated to pay. Even if the court does not initially grant the father the visitation he requested, he can later seek to modify the order or the judgment to request more time with the children.
To seek child support, a mother must also file a paternity action. This will obligate the father to take a paternity test or declare that he is the biological father. After the paternity has been proven, the court will make a decision regarding the amount of support that should be awarded. This is generally based on a standardized formula. Unless there is a reason to prohibit contact with the father, he will usually be given the option to gain certain parental rights and visitation.
All paternity cases are confidential. Once you have filed for paternity, information about the case is only accessible to the party and his or her attorney on record. Our lawyers understand the delicate nature of these matters and provide caring and discreet representation throughout the case, customizing the solutions we provide to your situation and circumstances, as well as maintaining the best interests of the children involved.
Divorce is not the same for everyone. Fathers have specific needs that must be addressed. At The Law Offices of Stephanie L. Mahdavi, we believe fathers should be treated fairly when it comes to issues regarding family law. Our legal staff is committed to helping protect the rights of fathers and to look after their best interests. To learn more and discuss your case with a skilled family law attorney, please contact our Westlake Village law offices today at 805-379-4550.