Minneapolis Paternity Attorney & Lawyer

Establishing paternity of a child is important for all parties involved. Without this, the father has no legal right to the child and the mother will be solely responsible for the physical and financial welfare of the child.  Paternity proceedings are similar to child custody cases in divorce proceedings and will usually be determined through the Minnesota courts.

Paternity Guidelines

There are two different ways to determine the paternity of a child. The first is called a Recognition of Parentage and the second involves a court order. Both instances will require certain documentation and legal assistance which is why it is important to speak to a qualified paternity attorney about your case.

Recognition of Parentage

A Recognition of Parentage involves the signing of a sworn statement by both parents claiming that the man is the child’s father. A Recognition of Parentage is not valid if the mother of the child was married to someone else or if the parents are under the age of 18. The Recognition of Parentage must be filed with the Minnesota Department of Health.

Court Order Paternity Cases

If there are complications involving the Recognition of Parentage, such as one parent refuses to sign, more than one man claims to be the child’s father, or the mother is/was married to someone else when the child was born, then paternity may need to be established through the courts. Court order paternity cases will assess the relationship between the mother and the alleged father as well as evidence of their past relationship. In some, but not all paternity cases, the father may need to undergo a DNA test. However, this is not needed to establish paternity in the courts.

After Paternity is Established

During a paternity hearing, the court will decide additional factors including the following:

  • Child custody, whether sole or shared
  • Child support payments
  • Parenting time and visitation rights for the non custodial parent
  • All three of these proceedings will be determined with the child’s best interest in mind and will be assessed on an individual case basis.

Free Consultation and Sound Legal Advice

If you are facing a paternity issue, regardless of whether you are the mother or the alleged father, it is important you speak with a qualified family law attorney right away. The sooner you make the call, the quicker our lawyers can get to work on your case and the better for everyone involved, especially the children. Contact Myles A. Schneider & Associates, Ltd. today at 763-315-1100 or by e-mail to schedule a free consultation.

Minnesota Paternity Attorneys and Lawyers

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