Syracuse Paternity Lawyer
While identifying the biological father of a child may seem simple, the
consequences of acknowledging paternity can have widespread emotional,
legal, and financial consequences. Whether it is to enforce paternal responsibilities
or to assert the right of a father to have an active role in his child's
life, skilled and compassionate legal representation is required to safeguard
the interests of the parents and the child.
For more than a decade, I have been dedicated to assisting individuals
family law issues, including paternity disputes. I can provide the
supportive, yet assertive advocacy you need to establish and enforce paternity rights and obligations.
Complications of Legal Paternity
When it comes to paternity, words are not enough. If a child is born into
a marriage, the husband is legally regarded as the father, whether he
actually is or not. If the couple is unmarried, the child has no legal
father until an Acknowledgement of Paternity is signed and accepted by
the courts. Things can get complicated, however, when either the mother
or father hinder the proper establishment of paternity.
These obstructions can include:
- False accusations of paternity
- Mother's refusal to acknowledge her child's father
- Father's refusal to accept paternity
- Mother's failure to notify father of a child's existence
Identifying the biological father of a child carries significant legal
weight in the life and well-being of a child. If you are a mother confronting
a reluctant father, or a father facing a mother hesitant to assent to
your paternal rights, I can provide the insightful, tenacious representation
you need to compel the establishment of legal paternity.
Rights and Responsibilities
Creating emotional bonds with a child is a crucial component of any healthy
father / child relationship. Any obstruction to the formation of these
relationships can be heartbreaking. Conversely, fathers who fail to live
up to the expressive components of fatherhood still have a legal obligation
for the well-being of the child.
The rights and responsibilities involved in paternity are numerous and include:
Establishing & Protecting Paternity in Upstate New York
If you would like assistance protecting or asserting your paternal rights,
compelling a reluctant father to live up to his obligations, or defending
against a false paternity claim, I can provide the experienced and insightful
legal guidance you need.
Contact my firm today to schedule a
confidential case consultation to discuss your concerns, discover your legal options, and construct an
effective strategy to protect your child and you.
For your convenience, I offer off-site appointments.