Tag: Paternity



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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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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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.



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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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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Schwarzenegger’s Paternity Case Brings Attention To ‘Duped Dads’

Schwarzenegger’s Paternity Case Brings Attention To ‘Duped Dads’

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “love child” has brought greater attention to a critical flaw in many states’ paternity laws; that a child “of the marriage” is the responsibility of the husband even if the child is not his. In general, according to Cordell & Cordell mens divorce attorney Leslie Lorenzano, if the husband and wife are still technically married when a child is born, the husband is...

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Using DNA To Exonerate Paternity Fraud Victims From Child Support

A Texas bill could help exonerate men from their duty to pay child support in circumstances involving mistaken paternity and paternity fraud. If the alleged father can prove through DNA testing that the child he is ordered to pay support for is not biologically his, then he would be released from his child support obligation, according to Texas Senate Bill 785. The bill was passed...

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Child Support for Children Born Out of Wedlock

Almost 26 percent of children in the United States are being raised by single parents, according to research done by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. As more children are being born out of wedlock, establishment of child support payments to financially support a child of a single parent is becoming more commonplace. If you are the father of a child, but are not...

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How United Kingdom’s New Paternity Leave Rules Compare to U.S.

In early April, the United Kingdom took another step on the road to equal paternity rights. While the Additional Paternity Leave (APL) regulations initially came about in April 2010, they will finally start coming into play as the British government just recently decided to officially move forward with the ruling. By no means does the UK’s newly constructed paternity rules represent radical change. It appears...

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How Long Does a Father Have To File For Paternity?

When does a biological father have to file paternity for his child? While the presumption is that paternity should be filed in the first two years after a child’s birth, there are exceptions to that rule, as explained by the divorce lawyers for men at Cordell & Cordell.



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