Richmond Paternity Attorneys
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When a family dissolves, it is important to establish paternity for the well-being of the child involved. At Catlett, Dillon, & Piper, PLLC, we have helped numerous clients with paternity issues for divorce, child support, and custody cases. If you need legal help to establish paternity of your child, you can trust us to provide you with individual attention and diligent services.
How to Establish Paternity in Virginia
It is best to establish paternity as soon as possible after the child’s birth in order to receive child support. While the father can voluntarily sign a written admission of paternity, a DNA paternity test can provide evidence in addition to a factual determination by the court.
Our paternity attorneys can handle the paperwork and answer your questions along the way so you don’t have figure it out alone. Our compassionate and experienced team of Richmond paternity lawyers knows how to navigate the legal system and works to help you achieve positive results. Even in complex family law cases, we can provide you with reliable, effective counsel.
What Rights Does a Father Have if He's Not on the Birth Certificate?
Unless a father's name is on the birth certificate, he has no parental rights. Establishing paternity, either by adding the father's name to the birth certificate or by taking a paternity test, are vital for protecting a father's rights to child custody, visitation, and/or child support in Virginia.
Establishing paternity has many benefits, both financially and emotionally. The child can receive the legal rights and privileges that any child born into a marriage is eligible for, and studies have shown that a father’s involvement in a child’s life has a dramatic impact on the child’s development. Our firm is determined and can represent the well-being of you and your family by establishing paternity.
Some emotional benefits of paternity for the child:
- Can build higher self-esteem
- Become more assertive and autonomous
- Develop greater self-control, competence, and security
- Increased behavioral and learning performance in school
A positive relationship between a father and child can make a huge difference. Establishing paternity can also provide needed financial relief from child support, so it is important to seek legal help if you are having issues with this process. Catlett, Dillon, & Piper, PLLC serves Richmond, Central Virginia, and Chesterfield, Hanover, and Henrico Counties so you can receive the tenacious and reliable representation you need for your case.
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