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.
Under Arizona law, a man is presumed to be the father of a child if either:
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.
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.