What is paternity?

Paternity is the legal and social acknowledgement of the parental relationship between a child and his or her father.  A child born during a marriage is presumed to be the husband’s child. However, this presumption could be overcome by evidence that the child was not the husband’s child.

How is paternity established?

There are two ways to establish paternity. The first is to sign the birth certificate or voluntary acknowledgment of paternity as the father. The second is to file a petition in court. Married couples have a presumption of parentage where the child is considered to be the Husband’s automatically.

In many situations, it is very difficult to disestablish paternity once it has been established.  However, it can usually be done where there is fraud or mutual mistake involved. Paternity fraud are situations where a mother has lied to the father about whether or not a child in question is actually his. This can potentially result in the father paying child support for years for a child that may not be his child.

Many paternity fraud cases arise from rumors that a father may overhear. Other fathers may realize that as the child ages, he or she exhibits traits that do not look like the father. Ms. Thornton will take information from the father and investigate the matter in order to determine the truth. She can then move forward with paternity testing and compel the mother to produce the child for testing. Once DNA testing has been completed and results have been established showing that the man is indeed not the father of the child, Amanda Thornton can then work to recover all damages and financial loss due to the fraud that the mother committed.

If you feel you are the victim of paternity fraud or wish to establish paternity Amanda Thornton Attorney At Law has many years of experience with family law experience fighting for justice for those who have been deceived or wronged and wish for the record to be set straight.



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