Paternity Action – With the advent of DNA testing, this area of the law has become much more sophisticated and reliable. Such actions are commonly instituted by both mothers and fathers seeking to establish who as the lawful father of a minor child. Mother’s most commonly institute such actions when they are not receiving child support or other benefits to which the child should be entitled. Father’s most commonly institute such actions when they are being denied rights of access to their children by the child’s mother.
While Paternity Action is not overly complicated, the consequences of such an action can be life changing. A client needs to be completely advised by experienced counsel as to not only what rights they stand to acquire by virtue of paternity case but also such consequences as might arise from the case before deciding whether to, in fact, institute such an action.