The Importance Of Paternity Actions

When a married couple has a child, the husband is presumed to be the father for all purposes, including parental responsibilities, benefit plans and inheritance. When an unmarried couple has a child, the law does not make those same presumptions. The identity of the father must be established through a paternity action.

If you are seeking to establish paternity in Kansas, the Haynes Law Firm, LLC, in Overland Park can provide you with the skilled guidance you need. I have more than 13 years of legal experience serving the needs of clients in Johnson County and throughout surrounding areas.

Representing Mothers

For a mother, a paternity action is critical for the purposes of obtaining child support and other assistance from the father. Without the father's legal identity established, the courts have no power to establish or enforce child support orders.

Representing Fathers

Paternity actions are also important for putative fathers who wish to take on all of the legal rights and responsibilities of fatherhood. A father's rights simply don't exist unless the father-child relationship is established legally. Once paternity is established, fathers have the legal standing to pursue custody and parenting time. Paternity is also important for identifying the risk of genetic diseases and establishing eligibility for inheritance and certain benefits.

Contact A Knowledgeable Lawyer For Paternity Law Guidance

There are a number of ways to establish paternity, including by DNA testing and acknowledgement. If you are seeking experienced guidance for a paternity matter in Kansas, I can guide you through all of the legal details. Get in touch with my law office today by calling 913-717-5319 or by contacting me online.