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Parental Rights & Paternity Lawyers in Somerset County

Offering Thoughtful Counsel to Parents throughout New Jersey

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 parenting time 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 Somerset County paternity lawyers can help. We can work closely with you throughout the paternity process and help you to determine your available child custody, parenting time, and financial support options.

Give us a call at (908) 356-7634 to schedule your confidential consultation with our firm.

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 may 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 is 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 also 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 Somerset County paternity attorneys are here to help.

Call (908) 356-7634 or complete our online contact form to schedule an appointment.

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