Paternity actions today and historically are initiated by mothers who need to obtain child support payments from the biological father of the child. However, many of the paternity cases I handle are initiated by fathers who want to support and enhance their relationships with their biological children.
I’m Julie R. Glade, a family law and paternity actions lawyer in Merrillville, Indiana. Whenever unmarried parents have a child, a paternity action can be used to establish the biological father’s rights and obligations. Through a court-ordered parenting plan, fathers can obtain the legal right to see their child on a regular basis, so they can begin to develop a relationship with him or her. The court will also address child custody and child support issues.
The Paternity Action Process
After a party has filed a paternity action in Lake County or Porter County, the court typically holds an initial hearing to determine if both parents agree on the identity of the father. If paternity is disputed, the court will order a DNA test to resolve the issue. The cost of the DNA test may be split by both parties or may be paid by the person requesting the test.
Once paternity is established, the court typically enters a child support order. Child support payments may be retroactive to the child’s birth date. The father may also be ordered to pay for all or a portion of the child’s birth and/or medical expenses.
The court can also provide parenting time (visitation) rights for the father. If the mother is concerned about the father’s lifestyle or ability to care for a small child, the court may order supervised visitation or parenting classes to address these issues.
If you are currently dealing with a paternity matter, it’s in your best interests to seek representation from an attorney who has experience helping families through these challenging times.
Hire an Experienced Lake County Paternity Lawyer
I would be happy to evaluate your case and discuss possible solutions for your legal matters if you give me the opportunity. I have years of professional legal experience serving clients in disputes involving property division, divorce, child support, child custody and visitation, spousal support, and paternity issues. Please schedule an appointment by placing a call to my law firm at (219) 736-0456 or by filling out the contact form on this web site. From my divorce and family law office, which is located in Merrillville, I serve clients throughout Lake County and Porter County in Northwest Indiana.