Paternity is the legal determination of a child’s father. Under the law, fathers have various legal rights, obligations and responsibilities with respect to custody, visitation, inheritance and/or child support. Consequently, the determination of paternity with respect to a child is fundamental to establishing these rights and responsibilities.
In New York, paternity can be established in a number of different ways, including consent, presumption and judicial determination. Each of these methods carries various specific and technical requirements, which, unless properly understood and addressed, can have extremely detrimental and often permanent implications for the parties involved, including those seeking to establish or dispute paternity.
The issues and concerns regarding paternity can be extremely varied and unique to each individual. We strongly recommended legal counsel and assistance whenever issues of paternity arise. Since certain issues of paternity must be addressed within specific periods of time, immediate attention to these matters is also strongly recommended.
Our attorneys can assist you with:
- Understanding the different methods for establishing paternity
- Advising you of the consequences for establishing paternity
- Pursuing a paternity test