Pittsburgh Paternity Lawyer
Establishing Paternity in PA
Paternity is generally established with DNA testing. If the parenthood
of a child is uncertain, it is generally best to confirm or deny it through
DNA testing. Once paternity has been confirmed, a child support order
can be entered into the family court.
If a man acknowledges a child as his own by his actions, such as supporting
the mother through pregnancy and/or accepting the child into his home
after he/she is born, he may be obligated to provide child support for
that child whether it is his or not. It may be difficult, later, to challenge
the paternity of the child although, in some cases, the father may request
to be DNA tested to do so.
For help with any paternity issue,
call us today.
We are standing by willing and prepared to help you!
Paternity & Child Support
Paternity generally becomes an issue in the matter of
child support and
child custody in Pennsylvania family law courts. In Pennsylvania, when an unmarried
woman gives birth to a child, there is no automatic legal relationship
or obligation between the father and the child. Paternity must be established
either by both parents signing an Acknowledgement of Paternity document
or through the courts. Once paternity is established, the father is obligated
to provide financial assistance for the child until the child reaches
the age of 18 or graduates from high school.
Contact Our Family Law Firm in Pittsburgh
If you or someone you know needs legal assistance with a paternity case
in Allegheny County, please contact the
Pittsburgh divorce lawyer at our firm as soon as possible. Because we focus exclusively on
family law issues and have done so since 1996, our family attorney is well-versed
and extremely competent in all aspects of paternity and
parental rights cases. We provide comprehensive legal service while emphasizing personal
contact with all of our clients!