Paternity Actions in Pasadena
During divorce or separation, legal procedures may be required to settle
child custody and visitation of a minor child. If you are looking to gain access to your child after
divorce or separation, you may need to establish parentage. Based on a
study by research center Child Trends, more than half of children of women
under the age of 30 are born outside of marriage. As a result, parentage,
or paternity actions, regarding minor children have substantially increased
in recent years. Two types of parentage actions can be taken, which are:
- Petition for custody and support of minor children
- Uniform parentage actions
Both of the above parentage actions have varying jurisdictional and procedural
requirements that distinguish these types of cases. The purpose of both
actions is to establish parenting schedules and child support amounts
for individuals who have never wed or had children prior to marriage.
Our firm can help you obtain the answers and support your family needs.
Pasadena Divorce Attorneys Can Help You Establish Parentage
Paternity actions can be taken to determine the best possible parenting
schedule for minor children. Actions should be taken as soon as possible
so that custodial, support, and visitation orders can be made. An important
factor that courts consider is what will pose the least radical change
upon the child or children involved. In a typical divorce case, if parties
have cohabitated until the date of separation, the status quo is that
they equally share custody. In parentage actions, one parent may claim
that he or she has always demonstrated sole custody of the child, which
can complicate the child custody proceedings.
In complex cases in which paternity is disputed, the court must perform
a significant amount of investigation to determine the validity of either
side's claim. Parentage actions can be taken by filing an official
declaration of paternity or a court order that establishes the child's
legal parents. Based on California law, a father has no legal rights and
responsibilities to the child if he was never legally married to the mother
during the conception or birth of the child. If this is your circumstance,
we can help you pursue parentage actions.
Contact our Pasadena divorce lawyers today for further information.