Paternity Attorney in Wisconsin
Paternity is the legal relationship between a father and his child(ren) when he is not married to their mother. Paternity affects all legal aspects of that relationship, including child support, custody and parenting time.
Establishing paternity is financially important, establishes parental rights and contributes to a child’s sense of identity. Depending on the situation, paternity issues can work to the advantage or disadvantage of either parent. For example, if a father has not been established as a legal father, he has no custodial or visitation rights. However, he also has no obligation to pay child support.
Paternity can be established in a variety of different ways. Paternity is established:
- When the couple is married at the time the child is born, the husband is legally assumed to be the father of the child.
- When the couple is not married, the father can complete and submit a voluntary paternity acknowledgement form.
- When the father denies or has doubts that the child is his, the court can order mandatory genetic testing. If there is any doubt, genetic testing is a good idea.
Why Should I Establish Paternity?
Establishing paternity confers rights and obligations upon the father and the child (like the right for the child to inherit from his or her father). Once paternity is established, either parent can file for custody and parenting time. Similarly, either parent can ask the court to order child support, to include the child on his or her health insurance, and pay expenses for the child’s medical care, child care, and other expenses.
Contact Us for a Consultation With One of Our Paternity Lawyers
Our experienced paternity lawyers have access to the resources you need to establish paternity or to set the record straight when paternity has been incorrectly asserted. For a no obligation consultation with one of our family law attorneys at Doar, Drill & Skow, call 877-362-7529 toll free or contact us online. Located in New Richmond, we serve clients throughout western Wisconsin.