Portland Paternity Attorney
The Importance of Establishing Paternity
Parents can only have legal rights to
child support and
custody if their parentage has been established. Paternity actions are generally
filed by unmarried fathers or mothers who need to fight for their rights
regarding their children. McKinley Irvin has helped numerous clients to
initiate paternity actions and to prove the father of a child, giving
them the right to fight for custody, visitation, or support. We have also
helped men who were wrongfully labeled the father of a child. Each Portland
divorce lawyer with our firm has the knowledge and experience to handle
your case and to get results.
How to Establish Paternity
Paternity can be established in one of several ways. The first is by signing
the child's birth certificate in the hospital after the child is born.
If this is not done, a request can be made to amend the birth certificate
later on so that the father's name and signature can be added. Paternity
can also be established through a court order or DNA/paternity testing.
Mothers may try to fight the father's paternity action if she doesn't
want him involved in her or her child's life. Fathers can also avoid
taking responsibility for a child by refusing to admit paternity. If you
are in either of these situations and need to take action to establish
paternity, McKinley Irvin can help. Our lawyers know the law and every
step of the process that you will need to take in order to establish paternity
and protect your legal rights as a parent.
Find a Family Lawyer in Portland
As a premier family law firm in Portland, McKinley Irvin has a proven record
of success in all family law matters, including paternity. Our team consists
of some of the top family law attorneys in the state and focuses on personalized
service and relentless representation. For more information on paternity-related
matters, we invite you to
contact us to request a consultation.