Tag: Paternity


Apr

27

2012

Child Support When Paternity Is In Doubt

Paying child support can be a frustrating experience, especially when the child is not biologically yours. A CBS article reported a Dallas man was jailed because it was alleged he owed more than $50,000 in unpaid child support to a child that turned out was not his. The passing of a new Texas paternity law that gives men who doubt paternity a chance to file...

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Apr

02

2012

Child Support In Paternity Cases

By Daniel Lambert Cordell & Cordell Family Law Attorney Each state will have its own laws and regulations governing paternity and child support. Where I practice, child support is set in paternity actions pursuant to each party’s income and the placement/visitation schedule awarded to each party. Child support only becomes effective through an order of the court. If there is no court order for child...

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Feb

24

2012

Paternity Laws: Overcoming Putative Father Presumption

Paternity Laws Question: My wife and I are getting divorced. She is pregnant with another man’s baby and will probably have the baby before our divorce is final. What do I need to do to protect myself against having to pay child support for the child that is not biologically mine, but will likely be born while I am married to the child’s mother? Do...

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Jan

23

2012
Unwed Fathers Rights

Unwed Fathers Rights

Marriage does not define a father’s rights. Unwed fathers have rights, too; they just need to exercise those rights. Recent news about Utah fathers rights indicated the state has made the process easier for fathers to exercise their rights. This has brought to light the fact that unwed fathers in other states still experience difficulty in protecting their rights. Other steps are required in addition...

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Dec

16

2011
What Are An Unwed Father’s Legal Responsibilities?

What Are An Unwed Father’s Legal Responsibilities?

Marriage rates have reached an all-time low meaning more children are being born out of wedlock. This issue of paternity is one of the more complex areas of family law. Many men are curious about what an unwed father’s legal responsibilities are to a child born outside of a marriage. Will he automatically have to pay child support? Is he the legal father of the...

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Oct

04

2011

Paying Child Support For A Kid That Is Not Mine

Child Support Question: How do child support laws handle issues of potential paternity fraud? My former girlfriend and I had a child out of wedlock who I pay child support for, though I rarely see him. I’ve learned my ex lied to me about being the father and just wanted someone to help support the child. Can I take a paternity test to officially determine...

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Sep

22

2011
Bill Would Give Rights To Unwed Biological Fathers

Bill Would Give Rights To Unwed Biological Fathers

A package of laws designed to give biological fathers rights when their child is born to a married woman is awaiting a vote in the Michigan legislature. Currently, Michigan law does not give parental rights to biological fathers if the mother of the child is married at the time of the child’s birth to another man. Daniel Quinn wanted visitation rights and to pay child...

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Aug

23

2011
Paternity Law: Stepfathers Can Be Ruled ‘Dad’

Paternity Law: Stepfathers Can Be Ruled ‘Dad’

A stepfather is just as much a father as the biological dad when it comes to paternity suits, according to the Minnesota Court of Appeals. The court ruled that the child’s stepfather as well as the child’s biological father should both be parties when the legal presumption of fatherhood is decided on matters establishing paternity and child support.


Aug

01

2011

Who Is Responsible For Child Support If Paternity Is In Doubt?

Paternity law is one of the fastest growing areas of family law due to the increasing number of children born out of wedlock. When financially supporting the child through child support is involved, this confusing area of law becomes even more complex. In this divorce article, I’ll review two major issues of paternity law: signing the birth certificate will not necessarily obligate a man to...

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Jun

08

2011
What Are A Father’s Rights To Prevent An Abortion?

What Are A Father’s Rights To Prevent An Abortion?

The case of a New Mexico man who paid for a billboard ad to protest his ex-girlfriend’s decision to have an abortion against his wishes has once again brought up the father’s rights and paternity rights issue of whether a man should have the right to stop a woman from aborting their child. According to the Associated Press, a billboard in New Mexico shows 35-year-old...

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