Paternity Attorney in Staten Island
Staten Island Divorce Lawyer for Paternity Cases
Are you a mother who needs to establish the paternity of your child in
order to collect
child support? Have you been alleged to be the father of a child for whom you want to
determine paternity? Attorney Dow can guide you through the legal process
of establishing or disproving paternity of a child. If you need to establish
the paternity of your child in Staten Island, Brooklyn, or in the New
Jersey counties of Monmouth or Middlesex, you can do so with the legal
Staten Island family lawyer A. Sheralynn Dow.
Paternity Cases With a Staten Island Divorce Attorney
Paternity consists of legally establishing the biological father of a child
when it is uncertain or has not been previously established. Paternity
arises as a legal issue in cases of child support but it can also be an
issue when it comes to other family law areas, such as adoption, custody,
visitation, inheritance, and health care. In New York, clear and convincing
proof of paternity is required. This proof can be accomplished through
DNA testing is usually required when one party contests the allegations
of paternity. An alleged father may contest paternity when required to
pay child support payments for a child he believes is not his. A mother
may contest paternity when a father tries to gain
visitation rights to a child which he believes is his. Paternity can also be established
through circumstantial evidence, such as when a man accepts a child as
his own and takes it into his home to raise after it is born. If he does
not contest the paternity of this child during a certain time period,
then he may be considered the legal father and be responsible for the
child's financial support.
Paternity matters have lifelong financial and emotional implications for
all parties involved. It is important to have a full understanding of
your legal rights before you admit or deny paternity of a child. Staten
Island paternity attorney, Adelola Sheralynn Dow, can help protect your
legal rights and fully inform you of the legal consequences of your paternity issue.
Contact a Staten Island family law attorney at the firm today for legal counsel regarding any paternity case.