Arizona Lawyer Steven C. Weinstein – Your Tucson Legal Advisor For Issues of Paternity
Relationships can be complex. Whether a partner is involved in a marriage or not, those responsible for a child's parenthood can sometimes be contested. In such cases, the legal system establishes a process to help prove who is the lawful father of a child. Establishing the proper paternity of a child can be critical to establishing and enforcing legal rights such as child support, visitation or other matters that parents are entitled to. With many unmarried couples living in the state, the number of paternity cases has been on the rise recently in Arizona. The Tucson family law office of Steven C. Weinstein offers committed and effective representation in cases and disputes concerning your paternity issues.
Presumptions of Paternity Under Arizona Law
Under Arizona law, a man is presumed to be the father of a child if either:
- He and the mother were married at any time within a 10-month period before the child was born, or if the child is born within ten months after the marriage ends by the death, annulment or divorce of a partner.
- Genetic testing shows at least a 95% probability that he is the father.
- A birth certificate is signed by the mother and father of the child born out of wedlock.
- Notarized or witnessed statement are signed by each parent which acknowledges paternity.
Once a man is established as the presumed father of a child under any of the criteria listed above, another man can only be acknowledged as the genuine father of the child with the written consent of the presumed father or after the evidence of the presumed father is rebutted by clear and convincing evidence showing otherwise. A paternity proceeding to prove the parenthood of a child and compel support can be brought by either the mother or father. It can also be brought by a public welfare official of the county where the child lives, or the guardian or best friend of a child born out of wedlock. Paternity proceedings aren't always about securing financial support. Sometimes they are needed in order to bring about emotional closure and establish family bonds. To that end, an adult may bring a paternity action to establish who his or her true parents are. In cases where paternity issues are at stake, Steve can offer you effective and reliable legal services to help you resolve any issues that you may have.
Contact Arizona Paternity Lawyer Steven C. Weinstein
If you need help to establish the paternity of a child, or if you are the target of a paternity lawsuit, contact the Tucson law office of Steven C. Weinstein today for prompt and effective legal representation.