Securing Your Rights In California Paternity Cases

Determining a child's paternity can set the tone for their development. From making it possible to secure financial support to ensuring that your kids understand their roots, paternity determinations are a critical aspect of modern child rearing in California.

Ratzer Family Law has spent years helping parents in Solana Beach and San Diego County understand their paternity options. We're devoted to clarifying the often-confusing particulars of child custody and family law issues, and we work hard to furnish our clients with representation and advocacy that empowers them to make more intelligent choices in the courtroom and beyond.

How Does Paternity Work In California?

Men can sign a declaration of paternity stating that they're a child's natural father so that their name gets added to a birth certificate — but things aren't always that easy. Mothers may have to pursue independent paternity verification through means like DNA testing, in which case a court may order a change to a paternity record even if the father resides in another state or doesn't cooperate. Paternity is important because it's a prerequisite for many other matters, including:

  • Child support and custody
  • Access to medical records
  • Receiving various assets, like insurance policy payouts, veteran's payments and inheritances

At Ratzer Family Law, our lawyers understand that paternity can be a touchy subject. We work with fathers and mothers alike, helping them gain the diverse advantages that come from establishing legally valid family relationships. By offering informed representation, our attorney teams help cement the bonds that define families and ensure that moms, potential dads and children benefit.

Providing Representation For All Parties

Paternity is often portrayed as a one-sided issue, but it's far more complex than many people give it credit for being. A father who denies their paternity may simply be unaware that they're a biological father, and a mother who seeks to establish someone as a father may be operating on a mistaken assumption. Retaining legal representation can make it much easier to work through such confusing circumstances without your preconceptions making it harder to come to terms with the other parties.

To find out more about paternity, DNA testing or any other family law topic that affects you, contact us online or call 858-925-8099. We're dedicated to helping you establish your family ties so you can benefit from California's paternity laws.