A Baltimore County Paternity Lawyer Will Fight for Your Child’s Rights
Child support issues can arise whenever parents find it necessary to end their personal relationships with each other. When couples decide to part ways for whatever reason, and a child is part of the equation, that child will still need to be cared for. One of the main purposes for child support is to help custodial parents handle the high cost that is associated with raising and caring for a child. As your Baltimore County paternity lawyer can tell you, kids have a right to receive monetary support from both of their parents.
One crucial thing that individuals who are seeking child support for their children should know is that in the state of Maryland, a court will not and cannot order child support without having legal proof of paternity. Individuals who wish to establish paternity can do so either through a court order or by filling out an Affidavit of Parentage form.
Establishing Paternity at the Time of Birth
A quick and easy way to start the paternity establishment process is to encourage the father to put his name on the birth certificate and sign an Affidavit of Parentage, declaring that he is the father. Note that the affidavit can be completed at a later time after the birth of the child, as long as it is notarized. Once notarized, the document must be sent to Division of Vital Records.
Your paternity lawyer will also advise those who have signed Affidavit of Parentage forms that if the potential father changes his mind, he has a right to cancel the affidavit by filling out a rescission form within 60 days of the date listed on the affidavit. However, if the 60-day period has already passed, the parents will need a court order to nullify the affidavit. Generally, the court will only nullify if it finds that there was a material mistake of fact, duress or fraud involved.
Court Actions Regarding Paternity
Whenever there is a paternity dispute, individuals often turn to the court system to resolve the issue. Paternity actions are lawsuits that individuals file in order to have a man declared a child's father. A mother or a father can initiate a case.
Additionally, parents should be aware that welfare officials might get involved in the paternity establishment process if the mother is receiving Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF) because the law requires the father to reimburse those funds that are provided for the care of his child. Mothers should note that they must cooperate with proceedings that are initiated by welfare officials because if they do not, they risk having their TANF reduced or ended altogether.
Blood tests, as well as DNA tests, can establish paternity with a 99.99 percent accuracy and rule out paternity with 100 percent accuracy. Once paternity has been established after a court action, the court will likely issue a child support order and discuss custody and/or visitation rights.
Call (410) 321-4994 For a Free Consultation
If you are interested in finding out more about establishing paternity, you are encouraged to speak with a Baltimore County paternity lawyer at The Law Offices of Amar Weisman, LLC today. Call us now at (410) 321-4994 to schedule a free consultation or contact us online.