Salt Lake City Paternity Lawyers
Establishing Paternity Benefits Parents & Children
In Utah, paternity information is needed to establish the legal and biological father of a child. Paternity cases often arise from family law issues such as adoption, child support and custody, inheritance, and other issues. At Nelson, Taylor & Associates, our Salt Lake City paternity attorneys can advise you of the emotional and financial implications of paternity cases.
Establishing Paternity in Utah
In Utah, paternity can be established voluntarily or involuntarily. Establishing paternity voluntarily involves both parents signing a Voluntary Declaration of Paternity, which is often done in the hospital after a child is born but can also be done later. When one party disputes paternity, it can be established involuntarily through a judicial or administrative proceeding and generally involves a DNA test.
What Are The Parental Rights & Responsibilities?
Establishing paternity gives the father a variety of legal rights and responsibilities and benefits the child as well. Once paternity is established, the father has a legal responsibility to provide financial support for the child and may be ordered to pay child support. In addition, the father will have a legal right to visitation.
The benefits of establishing paternity include:
- Allowing children to have a relationship with both parents
- Providing medical insurance and benefits for the child
- Allowing for visitation between the father and child
- Giving the mother the opportunity to share parental responsibility
- Establishing a bond between the father and child
- Giving the father the opportunity to participate in the child’s life
Whether you want to establish paternity to share time with your child or you are a mother seeking to establish paternity to share the costs and responsibilities of parenthood, it is helpful to have a knowledgeable attorney to advise you. Our Salt Lake City paternity lawyers can explain what to expect and guide you through the process of establishing paternity.