Experienced Paternity Attorney Denver, CO
Paternity cases are filed in order to establish the identity of the father of a child. In some instances the identity of the father may be suspected by the mother, but the father may not be sure that he is the father of the child. In those situations, either party may file an action in paternity to request genetic testing. In other situations, it is unclear who the father may be and genetic testing may be required to find the actual father. Once a the genetic testing is completed, the probability of parentage is determined by excluding 99.99% of non-fathers. Courts use the paternity testing to establish the legal relationship between the parents and the rights and obligations for the minor child. Child support, parenting time, decision-making for major decisions are among some of the issues that the Court will address. Additionally the court may order payment of child support from the date of the child’s birth and other expenses related to the birth of the child. There are presumptions regarding parentage that may allow a court to issue orders for a father regarding a child who is not the biological child of a father subject to those presumptions. There are deadlines to challenge paternity based on those presumptions. But once those deadlines pass, challenging paternity for a child that may not actually be related to a father may not be possible. It is important to discuss these situations with a attorney who specializes in these types of cases who can expertly guide you through the issues that may affect the outcome of these types of cases.