Determining who the biological father of a child is can be highly beneficial to all parties involved. In the state of New York, a man who is not married to the mother of a child will not automatically be declared as the father. Legal steps may need to be taken in order to protect parental rights and the child's right to know who their biological father is.
At The Law Offices of Smith & Messina, we stand ready to provide our clients with outstanding representation and ensure that their paternity testing is completed in a timely manner. If you need guidance for obtaining a paternity test, contact our firm to speak with someone as soon as possible.
There are a few ways that paternity can be established. If a father does not willingly give up a DNA sample, a court order may be obtained to make them submit a sample for the test. Once a DNA swab has been taken via tissue collection in the cheek or once a blood sample is taken from both the potential father and child, the samples can be tested for a genetic match. If there is a match, the father can claim parental rights to the child. A father's rights may include having custody or visitation rights and a say in how the child is raised. Mothers can also benefit from establishing paternity because a DNA match will mean that the mother may be able to obtain child support from the father.
Working with our firm, you can receive the utmost personal counsel available in the Buffalo area. We're aware that this time in your life may be stressful, but with the representation of the right family law attorney, you may be able to obtain the results you need. we stand ready to provide our clients with prompt, frank and knowledgeable answers to their questions regarding DNA testing, fathers' rights and family law.
If you are seeking legal representation to aid in the establishment of paternity, do not hesitate to contact The Law Offices of CSmith & Messina right away and speak a Buffalo family law attorney. Legal professionals at our firm are available to speak with clients over the phone, and you can get started by completing a free case evaluation form.
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