Need to Establish Paternity?
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Paternity is the legal establishment of fatherhood between a man and his
child. A man could voluntarily declare paternity of his child, or a mother
might petition the court to assist in determining her child's father
so that he would also have responsibility. Once legal paternity is established,
the father may have a duty to provide support for the child and could
gain rights to visitation or
custody. If you are trying to prove paternity, then you need legal representation
from our Bergen County divorce attorneys at Moskowitz Law Group, LLC.
We can review the evidence and put together a strong case on your behalf. With
over 50 years of collective legal experience, you can trust that our team will provide knowledgeable legal support
on your behalf.
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How to Establish Paternity in New Jersey
If you are a mother that is trying to prove that a certain man is the father
of your child, then there are a few steps you should take:
- Before you involve the courts, ask if the alleged father will voluntarily
acknowledge paternity. He can sign a Certificate of Parentage with a local
registrar or County Welfare Agency in order to avoid time-consuming court
hearings and expensive fees.
- If the alleged father refuses, then you should pursue court action.
Unmarried couples should file and FD complaint, while married couples should
file an FM complaint. In this petition, you may request that the court
orders a paternity test. Once the request is processed, the court will
notify you and the alleged father of the hearing date.
At the hearing, the man is given a chance to accept the paternity test
request. The paternity test is a simple DNA test in which medical professionals
wipe the inside of the cheek. Since this type of test is recognized to
be 99% accurate in New Jersey, a judge will most likely rule that a man
who tests positive is the father. To ensure that you have proper legal
support throughout your case, enlist the help of a paternity lawyer at our firm.
Addressing Uncontested Paternity
Paternity is assumed in the following situations:
- The man and the child's mother were legally married when the child was born
- The man tried to have his name put on the child's birth certificate
- Acknowledged paternity in writing
- The man provided for the child or received the child as his natural child
If a man wishes to contest paternity in the above circumstances, then he
must provide "clear and convincing" evidence that the child
is not his.
Seek the Assistance of Moskowitz Law Group, LLC!
Establishing paternity can be quite complicated, so it is vital that you
contact our Bergen County paternity lawyers for the legal support you
need on your side. We have devoted ourselves solely to family law matters,
so you can expect that our team will understand the right course of action
to take in your situation.
Our New Jersey family law lawyers daily devote themselves to the well-being
of our clients,
so call today for assistance with your paternity case.
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