Establishing Paternity in California

Pleasanton Family Lawyer Serving Contra Costa County & Alameda County

A common misconception is that unmarried parents have limited rights when it comes to child custody, visitation, and child support; however, this is not usually true. At Mylordos & Harris, Attorneys at Law, LLP, we are proud to offer outstanding representation to unmarried parents who are seeking to establish paternity, also known as parentage, orders. Our team of talented and highly experienced Pleasanton and East Bay family lawyers can work with you to help you understand what it means to establish paternity and how it can help you.

Why determine parentage?

Under the Uniform Parentage Act, the birth mother has no more right to custody of the child than the birth father. Either parent may seek physical custody of the child and both parents have a right to visitation. Because the child has no custodian until an order of parentage has been made, it is extremely important that a parent establish parentage and custody before family difficulties arise, such as when one parent moves away with the child and the other parent finds they have no legal standing to prevent this from happening. Once parentage has been legally established, the child is eligible for child support, health insurance, inheritance rights, and other benefits that the parents might receive.

Contact Mylordos & Harris, Attorneys at Law, LLP today!

To learn more about your parental rights and how working with our firm can benefit you and your children, contact Mylordos & Harris, Attorneys at Law, LLP to schedule a 30-minute, initial consultation with an attorney from our team!