Paternity Lawyers Serving Carmel, IN
From DNA Testing to Child Custody Hearings
Establishing paternity helps protect the future of your children. By officially documenting the identity of your child's father, you can begin the process of negotiating the terms to which the father will be held accountable. For example, in the wake of a paternity test, child custody and visitation regulations are determined, and the court evaluates whether the father will be responsible for submitting child custody payments to help support the child.
On the other side, as a potential father, you have the right to know if you are the biological parent of a child. This allows you to secure a bond with your child, and also gives you the option of requesting visitation rights or custody. We can help accomplish these goals.
Benefits of establishing paternity include:
- Potential social security benefits for children
- Grounds for negotiating child support
- Opportunities for health care or insurance
- Child custody rights established
- Opens access to a family's health history for the child
- Grants child rights to inheritance or veteran's benefits
Whether you are the mother seeking help with supporting your child, or the father wanting to establish visitation rights for your child, having the counsel of an experienced Carmel family law attorney can both protect your rights and help you achieve the best possible results.
How is paternity established?
If a child's paternity was not established at the time of birth, a court can order the child, mother, and father to undergo genetic paternity testing to officially determine paternity. In this case, the appointed professionals collect samples from all involved parties and subject these samples to paternity screening tests. The results are then presented before a judge for official declaration of the child's paternity.
Establishing yourself as the father of your child opens you up to visitation opportunities. Because your relationship with your potential child is at stake, consulting with our family law office can help protect the future of both you and the child.
Hamilton County Family Lawyers – We Work to Minimize Conflict so You Can Move Forward with Your Life
As your paternity lawyers, it is our goal to help you seamlessly move from one stage of life to the next. We provide compassionate counsel and wise goal setting advice through the entire paternity process. Whether you need to establish paternity in Carmel, or anywhere else in Central Indiana, you can count on us to help you from beginning to end. We want to help you find a favorable resolution with the best interests of the child in mind.