Helping With Paternity Issues In Wisconsin
A paternity action is typically brought to establish that a man is the father of a child. It may be brought by a party as a means of obtaining child support or by a party who may want to obtain or prevent placement rights to their child.
By Test Or Acknowledgment
Today, with the use of a DNA paternity test, in most cases the father of a child can be conclusively established with a high degree of certainty. Paternity may also be established by signing the Paternity Acknowledgement Form at the hospital, which both parties sign admitting that the man is the biological father.
Our attorneys at Thelen & Associates LLC are experienced with issues involving paternity actions and acknowledgments. We can help you establish paternity in Wisconsin either with paternity test or an acknowledgement of paternity. But establishing paternity is only the beginning of the process.
After Paternity Has Been Established
Once paternity testing has conclusively established that a man is the father of a child or the acknowledgment is signed, there are a great many issues to be resolved. With paternity comes the rights and obligations of being a parent. Every parent is obligated to support their children, and our lawyers can assist with the creation of the full set of agreements that will govern the child support owed or owing and the placement and custody (decision-making authority) for the child.
These Obligations Apply Whether Or Not Married
The child support, child custody and placement of a child can be contentious issues during a divorce. In situations where paternity is a question and then established, they are no less important. Custody is the decision-making authority of a parent with their child. With the obligation of support comes the right to have a say in how the child is raised. Placement will control where the child sleeps and how they spend time with their parents.
Child support requires a complex calculation and is affected, in part, by where the child spends their time. The interrelationship of these elements means that a change to any element affects the other elements. Our lawyers are experienced handling these complex and unique elements and helping you obtain a child support, custody and placement agreement that is in the best interests of your child and for you.
Contact Our Firm
If you are facing a paternity action or need to assert paternity, an attorney from our Waukesha office can answer your questions and help with the process. Call 262-955-8241 or use our online form to request an appointment.