Child related issues within cases that do not involve a divorce are increasingly more common in Las Vegas today than it was 50 years ago.  Many parents do not philosophically agree with the concept of marriage, or had children while not being married. This affects cases because paternity must be established before responsibility, or rights, can be assigned.


Removing the Stigma:


It can certainly be uncomfortable to insist upon DNA testing to help ensure the well-being of the child from a support or visitation angle.  We can help you seek a court order if you need to establish paternity in your case.


How is Paternity Established?


If a mother is married at the time of the birth of the child, her husband will be the default for the paternity unless

  • The court has issued an order that someone, other than the husband, is the father
  • The mother and alleged father, not the husband, have signed a Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity.


If the mother is not married when the child is conceived or born, there are a couple of methods that can be used to establish paternity


  • A judge can declare a man to be the child’s legal father after a hearing
  • Both parents can sign a Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity, establishing paternity.


DNA Testing:


There are times when the identity of the father is unclear and paternity needs to be established.  This can be the case if a mother is seeking support or if the father is seeking custody. In both cases, the father’s paternity must be established and the DNA testing can be court ordered.

If the test has a score above a 99% chance the person is the father, paternity is established.


Give us a call if you are seeking to establish paternity for gaining custody rights or for seeking child support.  We can help you on either side of this complex issue.

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