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Culver City Paternity Lawyer

Establishing Paternity for Custody, Visitation or Support

Paternity testNeed a lawyer for a paternity case in Culver City? There are cases in which the court must get involved in order to establish paternity. This could occur when a father wants to take part in a child's life, and has not been given parental rights. There are also cases in which the mother needs support from the biological father of a child, and paternity has never been legally established, and the individual is denying that he is the father of the child, or questions this fact. In such cases, a court order can be required for DNA testing to establish paternity.

Establishing Paternity: Court-Ordered DNA Testing

It is a well-established fact that children are more likely to flourish when both parents are involved in their upbringing. The court views the fact of parental rights very seriously; a parent who is trying to avoid responsibility for a child will not get much sympathy from a judge in family court. Looking for a lawyer for a paternity case in Culver City? If you have a child and the father is denying responsibility, at Widger & Widger, APLC, our Culver City paternity lawyer can help you with getting a court ordered DNA test so that you can get the support you need to help you with the costs of raising your child.

Common Questions About Paternity Testing

  • Why should I get a paternity test? - Paternity testing is used to establish family relationships by matching up DNA results. Once the paternity is confirmed, then you are able to enforce other aspects including parental rights, child support, inheritance, the option of adoption and other important issues. The ultimate goal of paternity testing is to prove a blood relationship between the baby and the father.
  • Are DNA paternity test results accurate? - Currently DNA paternity testing is the reliable method available to families who are looking to establish that proof of family relation. Every child carries DNA that is comprised of 50% of the mother's DNA and 50% of the father's DNA. With that in mind, paternity testing is seen to be 100% accurate.
  • Do I have to wait until the baby is born to take a paternity test? - No. Paternity testing can be done while the mother is still pregnant but the doctor will only do it at a time when it is considered low risk to the fetus and the mother. The accuracy of the test will not effected whether you choose to do the testing before or after the baby is born.
  • What type of DNA is need for the paternity test? - DNA is the same throughout the body whether it is taken from the blood or from a buccal swab sample; it will not make a difference.
  • How long does it typically take to get the paternity test results back? - Generally the lab can get your results back to you in 3-5 days. In some cases you can rush the results and possibly get them within 24 hours.
  • Do you have to live in the same city, state or country to have a paternity test done? - No. DNA paternity tests are done all the time for individuals who live in different locations.

Searching for an attorney for your paternity case in Culver City?

If you are a father and are being denied fathers' rights in child custody or visitation, we are ready to move into action and help you to gain access to your child. There are other more complex situations, such as when a father does not believe he is the biological parent of a child of a marriage or relationship. It should be understood that if you have been acting as the father, and supporting the child for a number of years, the court may disagree that you should not continue to do so. Each case is unique, and our firm has a great deal of experience in matters of establishing paternity, no matter what situation you are facing.

Contact us today at (310) 740-9750 for information about how to proceed.

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