Syracuse Family Law Attorney Helping You Sort Through Options In Paternity Cases
Bombardo Law Office, P.C. has many years of experience helping clients navigate the court system to achieve their desired result in paternity cases. Given the awesome responsibilities involved with raising a child, it is important for both mothers and fathers to have certainty on the issue of paternity from the outset. It is also important for the healthy development of children that they know who both parents are. The only way to establish paternity with certainty is through DNA testing.
Strategies and concerns regarding establishing paternity in New York
Mothers seeking to establish paternity need to demonstrate credibility in the court. It is critical that you be correct when asserting the paternity of a particular man. You also need clarity on the potential outcomes of your paternity suit. How will the man react to being legally designated the father of your child? When paternity is established, the father has both obligations and rights concerning the child:
Women who do not want the father to be an ongoing part of their child's life need to consider whether establishing paternity is truly in their interest. Of course, an unwed woman deciding to give up her baby may want to establish paternity in order to terminate the father's rights to clear legal hurdles for adoption. In that case, it's important to negotiate with the father to see if he's willing to step aside and let another couple raise his child. Fathers must be certain about the obligations they are assuming. Fatherhood means taking on a duty of support until the child is 18 years old, so it is essential to know that you are taking on your obligation, not assuming someone else's. It is critical to have DNA testing as early as possible. You will always be allowed to challenge paternity when you first become aware of the child you allegedly fathered; it is rare that you will be allowed to challenge paternity years down the road. As a Syracuse divorce attorney experienced in paternity issues, I can help you sort through your options, whether you are a mother seeking to establish paternity or a father challenging paternity or seeking custody.
Sort out paternity issues through an experienced New York divorce lawyer
By discussing paternity issues with a knowledgeable divorce attorney in Syracuse, you can explore your legal options and avoid unwanted consequences. Arrange a free consultation by calling 315.488.5544 or contacting the Bombardo Law Office, P.C. online. We are glad to arrange a weekday appointment or, if necessary, an appointment after hours or during the weekend.