Hudson Valley Paternity Lawyer
When Is a Man a Legal Father in New York?
Paternity refers to the status of a man as the legal father of his child.
Legal fathers have both rights and responsibilities in regard to the child.
A man is given this classification in a few different circumstances. If
the mother and father are married during the birth of the child, that
man will be classified as the legal father. If both parents sign an acknowledgment
of paternity form when the child is born but they are not married, then
he is considered the legal father. The other way a man is considered the
legal father is if the court issues an order of filiation after the start
of a paternity proceeding. Our
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Legal Assistance with Paternity Proceedings
Fathers can initiate paternity proceedings for a variety of reasons. Typically,
paternity is assessed during a divorce proceeding when the fathers'
rights are questioned. Some of the most common purposes of a paternity
- To make sure someone else is not the father
- To obtain custody of the child
- To protect rights to visitation with the child
- To prevent a relocation by the custodial parent
Mothers can also go to court to get an order of filiation. If you were
never married to the alleged father and you do not have an acknowledgment
of paternity, then you can pursue a paternity proceeding to obtain child support.
Requirements for a Paternity Proceeding in New York
If you would like to initiate a paternity proceeding, you will do so by
filing an order of filiation with the family court. You must fulfill all
requirements in order to proceed. Paternity proceedings can be pursued
from the start of the pregnancy up until the child turns 21 years old.
Individuals who are pursuing a paternity proceeding do not have age restrictions
on themselves. In some cases, a person can even start a paternity case
if the alleged father is deceased. When either parent contests paternity,
a New York family court can then take jurisdiction in regard to this matter.
Once paternity is determined, the court can award
child custody, establish a
visitation schedule, and order
At Michael R. Varble & Associates, P.C., we understand your concerns
regarding paternity and the emotions you may be feeling during this legal
battle. If you need to secure your rights as a father or request child
support from the father, you can schedule a free case evaluation with
our legal team.
With more than 15 years of experience and strong litigation skills, you
can have confidence in the legal guidance we provide. Our attorneys have
represented individuals with paternity actions throughout the state of
Contact us today for legal assistance at any of our three office locations!