Paternity Lawyer in Georgetown, Delaware
Our attorneys stand up for your rights
One of the most contentious issues that comes up in relationships is the issue of paternity. These conflicts can be emotional, making it difficult to reach a resolution. That’s why it’s important to have an attorney experienced in family law representing you. The family law attorneys at Gill, Welsh, and Chamberlain, P.A. are ready to help.
There are different situations in which paternity becomes a legal issue. One is when a mother is seeking child support and is trying to prove paternity. Another is when a biological father is seeking visitation and other rights. These situations are complicated and complex. That’s why you need a lawyer familiar with these cases to fight for the best possible outcome.
Get a knowledgeable and experienced attorney on your side
In 2000, the Delaware Uniform Parentage Act was passed to deal with issues involving paternity. The law establishes who can legally be considered a father, including those who:
- were married to the mother at the conception and birth of the child and lived with them for the first two years of the child’s life
- were determined to be the father as the result of a paternity action
- were determined to be the father in a surrogacy agreement
- legally adopted a child
- consented to assisted reproduction
- acknowledged paternity.
While DNA testing can establish biological paternity, there can still be questions regarding legal and financial obligations. The law addresses many of these questions, as well as other situations involving paternity, such as assisted conception and gestation agreements. Once paternity is established, other issues such as custody, support and visitation can be determined.
Establishing legal paternity seems like it should be a simple matter, but it can get very complicated. There are often strong feelings and broken relationships involved. Reaching agreement may seem impossible. That’s when taking legal action becomes necessary. The legal process can determine a resolution that is the best interests of the child.
Parental rights and obligations will have a significant impact on your life. Make sure you know where you stand.
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Our lawyers understand the challenges all parties face in these situations. You may feel overwhelmed and aren’t sure what to do next. We will fight for your rights. We are familiar with the laws regarding paternity and understand how the courts handle these issues. We can guide you through the process every step of the way.
Since our firm was founded in 1983, people in Georgetown and throughout Sussex County have trusted us to handle their legal matters. They know that we are focused on helping them get the results they need to move forward in their lives. And they know we have the experience, legal knowledge and resources necessary to get those results.
If you are dealing with a family situation involving paternity, it’s important to get trusted legal advice as soon as possible. Contact us to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced attorneys. We can review the details of your situation and explain options. We can also answer any question you have. There’s no cost and no obligation.