There is an incredible amount of misinformation out there about paternity, including what the rights and obligations are for parents. It doesn’t help that this serious issue is often treated like a joke on talk shows rather than a crucial step in ensuring children are properly cared for and financially supported by their parents.
At Venzon Law Firm PC, we know you have many questions about paternity and what the process has in store for you. Read on for answers to some of the questions we are asked about the most.
Are you married? If not, you may need a paternity test. When a child is born to unwed parents in New York, the biological father must take steps to ensure he is legally acknowledged. This can take place by submitting an acknowledgement of paternity or by obtaining a court order of filiation. A paternity test can serve as the foundation for either of these actions.
Without paternity, there is no legal basis for obtaining child support. To receive child support, a parent must have an acknowledgement of paternity or an Order of Filiation. No paternity = no support.
Like child support, there must be an acknowledgement of paternity in order to assert your parental rights. Once paternity is recognized by the court, you can pursue your custody and visitation rights. It will also be necessary for you to pay child support according to New York’s Child Support Standards Act.
Going to family court is not a DIY project; you need an experienced family law attorney looking out for your legal and financial interests. To discuss your paternity issue with an attorney, we invite you to call 716-854-7888 or toll free to schedule a consultation. We represent men and women in Buffalo and throughout Western New York.