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Paternity

Questions of paternity can be difficult to resolve and often involve people who are unaware of their rights and responsibilities. There is a vast amount of misinformation in this area. At Vervaecke Law and Mediation we help all parents resolve paternity disputes. We are dedicated to building a trusting relationship with our clients, listening to their concerns and answering their questions.

Paternity is the first issue to be resolved in cases of unmarried parents. There is no presumption of paternity when the parties are not married. Determining paternity is essential in determining the proper arrangements for custody and support. If you are involved in a paternity dispute, we can help you protect your interests and children.

Cases Filed by the State

When a parent or custodian is receiving support from the state, that person is required to provide the name of the other parent so the state can seek reimbursement. In these situations, the alleged father can request a paternity test at the state's expense. An experienced attorney is vital in these matters to protect the interests of a potential father and ensure that accurate information is used to protect the father’s rights in determining child support, custody and visitation.

Cases Filed Privately

Private paternity actions are usually the result of an unmarried couple breaking up after having a child together. If a father denies paternity, a request can be made for paternity testing by either party. Whether a parent is seeking support or seeking custody or visitation rights, the guidelines here are the same as in divorce actions. The best interest of the child or children is paramount. The court will enter a judgment of paternity which provides for visitation, child support and custody just as in a divorce action. Retroactive child support, day care and medical expenses incurred as a result of the child's birth are all addressed. The parties are required to attend parenting classes and attempt to work out a parenting plan.

Vervaecke Law and Mediation is dedicated to being available to answer clients’ questions and address important legal concerns. To schedule an initial consultation with Karen please call 402-504-1818. You may also e-mail now now to request an appointment.