Paternity disputes arise when there is an issue as to the identity of the biological father. Usually, the issue of paternity concerns unwed couples. Sometimes, it may arise in a divorce case where a third party is alleged to be the father. Under these circumstances, it may be necessary to have the parties undergo blood testing or DNA testing to determine the actual father. It is important to understand that in these cases the Courts are convinced that the rights and future of the child are paramount. Paternity typically revolves around the following issues:

  • Establishing paternity through medical testing if necessary.

  • Resolving custody issues while determining what is best for the child.

  • Establishing visitation and temporary custody.

  • Establishing child support payments.

  • Costs of birthing and raising the child, including medical expenses and medical insurance must be addressed.

If you have questions or concerns, contact a paternity lawyer at James Piedimonte, P.C. today.

Paternity fraud occurs when a man is falsely identified as the only possible biological father of a child because the mother withholds information that there may be more than one putative father. That is why it is very important that if you are served with paternity papers that you insist on DNA testing. Through DNA, a large number of men have discovered that the child was not biologically theirs.

DNA Paternity Testing

A paternity test can be used to determine if a man is the biological father of a child. DNA testing may be necessary to establish the paternity of an unwed father who refuses voluntary acknowledgment. In this case, the paternity test is usually requested by the mother trying to collect child support. A DNA paternity test can also be used to show that a certain man is not the biological father of a child. This type of paternity testing might be requested if an ex-husband believes that he did not beget the children he is supporting financially. In some cases, a woman may request a paternity test to show that a man is not the biological father in a child custody battle.DNA paternity tests are most often performed using buccal (cheek) swabs or blood samples from the man and child. While not essential, tissue samples from the mother can aid the identification process. DNA testing can also be performed using other samples of tissue like hair, semen, and skin. In some cases, paternity may need to be established before birth, and there are ways this can be accomplished as well. Paternity lawyer James Piedimonte can assist you in any type of paternity dispute, whether you are the father or the mother. If you want to enforce your rights or you must defend yourself against an administrative hearing. If you have any questions, or if you would like to speak with James Piedimonte regarding your paternity dispute, please do not hesitate to call. The courts require that all parties involved in a paternity case to attend a parenting class entitled Parenting Together and Living Apart (PTLA)