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Paternity & Parental Rights

Family Law Attorneys in New Jersey Offering Solutions in Paternity and Parental Rights Matters

In New Jersey, fathers who are neither married nor in a civil union when their child is born must legally establish paternity in order to seek custody and/or visitation rights with their child. Similarly, a paternity determination will allow the mother to seek financial support from her child’s legal father.

Once paternity is established, questions may arise regarding the father’s legal rights and obligations with respect to custody, parenting time, and child support. In any of these situations, a lawyer can be instrumental in protecting your rights. At Shimalla, Wechsler, Lepp & D’Onofrio, LLP, our attorneys can help. We will work closely with you throughout the paternity process and help you to determine your available child custody, parenting time and financial support options.

Effectively Representing Clients in All Types of Paternity Situations

In many cases, paternity can be established voluntarily, through an agreement of the parents. This process can be as simple as both parents signing an acknowledgment of paternity form and filing it with the New Jersey Department of Health.

In other situations, establishing paternity can be challenging. For instance, in a disputed paternity case, the court will order a DNA test, which will conclude whether the individual in question is the child’s biological father. Whether you want to prove or disprove paternity, our family lawyers will provide the information you need while protecting your rights.

The Benefits of Establishing Paternity

Once you establish paternity, your child may be entitled to child support, medical insurance, Social Security Disability, or death benefits and/or life insurance from his or her biological father. When paternity is confirmed, a child will have access to information about his or her biological father’s genetic makeup.

The law surrounding the rights and responsibilities of unmarried parents can be complicated. Whether you are a parent of a child seeking to prove or disprove paternity, or if paternity has already been established, and you are seeking to determine or enforce your parental rights, our family law attorneys in Warren Township are here to help.

Contact Shimalla, Wechsler, Lepp & D’Onofrio, LLP

Call 908-753-3833 or complete our online contact form to schedule an appointment. Our family law attorneys represent clients across Somerset, Hunterdon, Warren, Middlesex, Union, Morris, Monmouth, Mercer, and Essex counties, and beyond.

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