Paternity

Paternity Testing in Scottsdale

Paternity Lawyer in Scottsdale

At Owens and Perkins, P.C., we know that you have choices, even if you feel that you may not, and a paternity test may be the answer you need. If you are navigating a paternity matter in Scottsdale, our divorce lawyers are ready to stand by your side.

We are dedicated to providing quality representation to each of our clients. As you navigate a complex paternity matter, you can trust in our divorce attorneys in Scottsdale to stand by your side. Contact us at your earliest convenience to ensure that you are adequately represented during your case.

How Paternity Works to Establish Fatherhood

Paternity can be used to prove that someone is or is not the father of a child. Paternity proceedings are very straightforward. A paternity test uses a simple cheek swab from the potential father to check against the child's DNA. Once the test results come back, assuming paternity is established, the court will enter permanent:

If the parties are certain of paternity, each party can sign an acknowledgment that a particular person is the father. Paternity acknowledgements are filed with the court, which will enter an order legally establishing a man's paternity.

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A paternity action to establish child support must be filed prior to the child's 18th birthday. Often, child support will be ordered to begin the first day of the month following service of process of the petition seeking to establish paternity and child support. The court may, however, order retroactive or back child support. Retroactive child support is typically limited to three years, but that is not always the case. In the right circumstances, the court may look back further.

Proceedings to establish a child's paternity may be filed any time after pregnancy. Paternity actions exist to permit a child's parents to be irrefutably established or to ensure that they will provide for the financial and emotional needs of the child. As you navigate this legal situation, we encourage you to obtain the representation of our attorneys in Scottsdale. Schedule a free 1/2 hour case evaluation today to discuss your case.

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