Hermosa Beach Paternity Rights Attorney

At the Law Offices of Thomas M. Polinger, we represent mothers and fathers in paternity actions. These can be complex situations. Often, two people who may not have known each other for a substantial amount of time or who may have severed ties with each other years ago are suddenly drawn together again over the needs of a child. At our family law firm, you will find a Hermosa Beach paternity rights attorney with the skill to guide you through an emotional and complicated situation, protecting your rights along the way.

We represent:

  • Men denying paternity — Generally a DNA test is accurate proof that a man is or is not the father. We can arrange paternity testing and counsel you if the test comes back positive.
  • Men seeking custody or visitation — An unwed father has the same right to be involved in his child's life as a man who was married and divorced from the mother. The legal test is the same — what is in the best interest of the child.
  • Women seeking child support — A positive paternity test most often creates a legal presumption that the tested party is legally the father of the minor child. This presumption opens the door for an action for child support.

Paternity For Custody And Child Support Reasons

For fathers — In our experience, fathers who truly want to be part of the child's life can get visitation rights. Once paternity is established, we can help you petition for a formal court order of paternity to establish and maintain parental rights. Many fathers wrongly presume that they have lesser or different rights from the mother. This is not the case. Fathers have the same rights and obligations with their children as do mothers under California law. The law is intended to be gender neutral and dictated by the best interest of the child.

For mothers — We can initiate a paternity action and obtain a court order if necessary to force a DNA test. Child support usually commences from the date the paternity suit is filed or a later date and is not retroactive to the child's birth. We can then represent you in child custody matters as well. We have also handled termination of parental rights, if the father does not wish to be part of your child's life and you are willing to forego child support.

We understand that a paternity situation can be uncomfortable or even hostile, especially if new spouses or partners are in the picture. We keep the focus on the needs of the child and building a healthy, workable co-parenting relationship.

Put Our Experience In Your Corner

We have been working with parents on paternity matters for more than 35 years. We understand these issues and how to protect your rights. For a consultation with a knowledgeable paternity lawyer, call our California law office at 310-697-8868 or contact us online. We accept credit cards and can arrange evening or Saturday appointments upon request.