When a baby is born to married parents, the husband is automatically assumed to be the father and his name is added to the birth certificate. However, if the parents are unmarried, the process is more complicated. Paternity must be established before the man’s name can be added to the birth certificate. He also has no rights to the child until paternity has been determined.
If you have questions about the process of establishing paternity, turn to our experienced legal team at Junker Shotto LLC. From our Kingston office, we represent men and women throughout Northern Pennsylvania in a wide variety of family law matters, including paternity. We can provide you with insight into the process and the benefits of confirmed paternity.
It is possible for the child’s mother and the suspected father to both agree to the paternity testing. A form is signed, called the voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity, in front of a witness and submitted. If both parties do not agree to the testing, the involuntary establishment of paternity must be sought through the courts.
Once the voluntary form has been signed or an order has been issued, a simple cheek swab can be performed on the child and the potential father. From there, DNA testing can be performed and the genetic results compared to each other.
Definitively determining the paternity of a child has benefits for the mother, father and child:
Talk to us about the paternity challenges you are facing. We represent the rights of both mothers and fathers in paternity matters. Call us today at 570-820-9800 to schedule a free phone or virtual consultation. You can also send us a message through our online form.