Family Law – Paternity Actions

A paternity action determines the identity of the parent of a child using genetic testing. Once parentage is established a person has all of the rights and responsibilities of a parent, including issues surrounding child custody, visitation and child support.

It is important to take legal action to establish paternity in order to ensure that your child is adequately cared for by both parents.

How is Paternity Established?

In California, the parents who are married or in a domestic partnership are presumed to be the child’s legal parents. Unmarried people face the challenge of determining parentage before the Court can issue child custody, visitation or child support orders. If paternity is contested, the Court may order genetic testing of the father, mother and child. Contact Rallo|Travieso to discuss your paternity case. We will educate you and explain the necessary steps that you need to take in order to protect your rights and responsibilities.