Paternity cases involve legally establishing a child’s father. If a child is born to a married couple, the husband is presumed to be the child’s father. If a child is not born to a married couple and the father did not sign an Acknowledgment of Paternity at the birth hospital, however, paternity must be established. In this situation, either parent may want to establish paternity. The mother, for example, cannot seek child support from the potential father until paternity is established. The potential father, for another example, cannot seek custody or visitation until paternity is established.
Family Court hears paternity cases. The potential father can establish paternity by signing an Acknowledgment of Paternity. If the potential father will not sign an Acknowledgment, the Court can order the mother, potential father and child to submit to DNA testing. If the test shows at least a 99% probability of paternity, the Court can declare that paternity has been established.
We provide services in Family Courts in the following counties: Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, and Washington. Contact our Latham paternity attorneys today so we can discuss whether establishing paternity is necessary to meet your Family Court objectives.