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Adoption, Divorce, Guardianship, and Paternity
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If the case involves Child Custody or Child Visitation and the biological parents were never married, it will be filed as a Paternity action. The Court will establish, by court order, paternity. Additionally, the Court will rule on the issues of Child Custody, Support, and Visitation.
These cases can often range from non-married parents simply wanting to establish set visitation and support requirements to disputes as to the real biological father of the minor child. Often times we see that genetic testing has not occurred or that such testing was poorly administered and we should seek independent testing or analysis. Courts have ordered that Child Support be awarded retroactively for up to five years regardless if the father has even visited the child. This can result in astronomical Child Support Judgments and you need an experienced attorney on your side.