Establishing paternity is an important part of Virginia family law. If your name is not on a child’s birth certificate, and your paternity is either claimed or challenged, then you will be required to disprove or prove that you are the father. Both men and women seek to establish paternity for a number of reasons. These reasons include the collection of child support, the establishment of child custody and visitation, or simply to verify a child’s parentage. Furthermore, verifying paternity is the first step, and a case cannot continue until this matter is settled in child custody or support cases. Our attorneys are able to quickly gain an Order for paternity testing so that the Court can begin to address all matters of importance in your case. Contact our paternity lawyers today to schedule an initial consultation.
Virginia attorneys helping residents establish paternity of their children
There are many reasons why a person would wish or be required to take a paternity test. This most common of these reasons might occur when::
- a man denies or does not believe he is the biological father of a child and wishes to challenge child support payments
- a woman falsely or incorrectly claims that a man is the father of her child and attempts to unjustly sue for child support
- a woman falsely denies that a man is the biological father of her child in order to block the man from having equal custody and visitation rights
While these situations are often emotionally charged, establishing paternity is quite a simple process. Your attorney will request that the Court issue an Order for paternity testing to occur. At a hearing, the Court will formally order paternity testing to be conducted. Once the results are available, a second hearing will occur. If the results are negative, and it is established that the man is not the biological father of the child in question, the case is over. If the results are positive, then all Virginia family laws and rights apply to the man, and decisions regarding child support, custody, and visitation must be determined.
Our divorce and family law attorneys will aggressively protect your interests in any paternity matter. Once retained we will immediately file a Motion for the testing of paternity. Once paternity is established we will assist you with other matters such as support, visitation, and, if necessary, issues regarding relocating a child outside of Virginia. We also understand that these types of matters can increase tension and we will assist with the filing of a temporary protective order, if necessary. We understand the importance of paternity cases to Virginia residents. This is why we make ourselves available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
Obtaining fast paternity orders so that Norfolk & Virginia Beach families may begin to plan their lives
Our family law attorneys at Garrett Law Group, PLC know that you need answers to your questions as soon as possible. The emotional toll of not knowing if a child belongs to a father or not can be devastating. An attorney will personally handle your paternity case, and file a motion to have testing conducted as quickly as possible, so you can get the answers necessary to move forward with your life. If you ever have questions regarding your case, we can be reached 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. Email us anytime or call (757) 422-4646. We serve clients in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Newport News, Hampton, Williamsburg, and Yorktown, as well as the surrounding counties of Northampton, Isle of Wight, York, and James City.