California Attorneys Legally Establish Paternity
San Francisco lawyers help mothers get the support they need
Van Voorhis & Sosna LLP has assisted many women in establishing the legal paternity of their children and helped many men obtain parental rights to their children. Our attorneys believe that children are better off when they have the emotional and financial support of both parents. Paternity proceedings are a tool that mothers can use to ensure the well-being of their children. We help mothers legally establish a specific man as the father of their child.
Among the great social changes of the past half-century is the greater participation of fathers in the day-to-day care of their children. It can no longer be assumed that mothers carry the responsibility alone, and many, many fathers fully participate in the joys and burdens of child-rearing. When fathers don’t step into this role voluntarily, the law can still require them to provide support. Our attorneys help mothers track down fathers and establish paternity under California law.
Valuable counsel for your paternity action
Paternity actions in California can be filed by men or women. Once one party files, any component of the relationship — such as visitation — can instantly become an issue.
We can counsel you if you’re a mother who wants to use a paternity suit to identify the father of your child for purposes of establishing child support obligations. Our attorneys call on DNA testing resources to establish paternity, but in some cases we are able to establish paternity through other evidence. In fact, the law sometimes gives a man the rights and responsibilities of a father based on his past actions, even if he isn’t a child’s biological father. This is often the case when a man has previously acknowledged that a child is his. Every aspect of our firm’s paternity practice is carried out with the utmost discretion and privacy.