Paternity

Fayetteville Paternity Attorney

Advocating for Your Family's Rights in Cumberland County

Paternity cases are often some of the most contentious issues that come before the courts. When a father is seeking to establish paternity, they are pursuing a legal relationship with a child they may not have known existed. Mothers, on the other hand, may be concerned about how child support payments will affect their family's financial stability. At the Hardin Law Firm, we can help you address these concerns and work toward an amicable resolution.


Call our Fayetteville office at (910) 565-6505 or contact us online to discuss your paternity case. 


What are the Benefits of Establishing Paternity?

Establishing paternity provides numerous benefits for all parties involved. For the child, it grants access to essential legal rights, such as inheritance, Social Security benefits, and medical history. For the father, it enables him to exercise his parental rights, including custody, visitation, and participation in important decisions affecting the child's life. Additionally, paternity determination provides a foundation for financial support, ensuring the child's well-being.

How to Establish Paternity in North Carolina

In North Carolina, there are multiple ways to establish paternity. These include:

  • Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity: If both parents agree on the child's biological father, they can sign a legal document called a Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity. This document is typically signed at the hospital shortly after the child's birth or can be completed at a later date.
  • Genetic Testing: When there is a dispute or uncertainty about paternity, genetic testing can be used to determine the biological father. Our skilled paternity attorneys at Hardin Law Firm can guide you through the process, ensuring accurate and legally recognized results.
  • Court-Ordered Paternity Tests: In cases where paternity is contested or when one party refuses to acknowledge paternity, a court order may be necessary. Our experienced attorneys are well-versed in representing clients in paternity disputes and will diligently advocate for your rights in court.

Parental Rights & Responsibilities

Once paternity is legally established, both parents have rights and responsibilities. These include:

  • Custody and Visitation: With legal paternity, fathers have the right to seek custody or visitation with their child. At Hardin Law Firm, we understand the importance of fostering positive relationships between fathers and children and will strive to protect your rights as a parent.
  • Child Support Agreements: Establishing paternity is the first step towards ensuring the child's financial well-being. Our dedicated attorneys can assist in negotiating and determining appropriate child support payments, taking into account the best interests of the child and the financial capabilities of both parents.
  • Participation in Decision-Making: Legal paternity allows fathers to participate in important decisions regarding the child's education, healthcare, religious upbringing, and other significant aspects of their life. We will advocate for your involvement in these critical decisions, ensuring your voice is heard.

Challenging or Modifying Paternity

In certain circumstances, it may be necessary to modify or challenge a paternity determination. This can include situations where new evidence emerges or when there are doubts about the accuracy of previous testing. At Hardin Law Firm, we have the expertise to guide you through the process of modifying or challenging paternity orders and will work diligently to protect your rights and the best interests of the child.

Advocating for Your Child's Best Interests

When dealing with paternity issues, it is important to consider the best interests of the child. In addition to the legal considerations, you may be concerned about how a paternity case will affect your relationship with your child. We can help you address these concerns and pursue the outcome that is in your best interests. We are committed to helping you resolve your paternity case as amicably as possible.

Contact Our Fayetteville Paternity Lawyer Today 

If you are facing a paternity issue, we can help. We are committed to providing compassionate and effective legal representation to you and your family. Call our Fayetteville office at (910) 565-6505 to discuss your case with one of our skilled family law attorneys. 


Request your initial consultation today by calling (910) 565-6505 or contacting us online.


Commonly Asked Questions

What are the legal benefits for a child when paternity is established in Fayetteville?

When paternity is established in Fayetteville, a child gains several legal benefits. These include the right to inherit from the father, eligibility for Social Security benefits if the father becomes disabled or dies, and access to the father's medical history, which can be crucial for the child's health care planning. Establishing paternity also solidifies the child's identity and can provide emotional benefits by knowing their biological lineage.

How can a father in Cumberland County establish paternity if it's disputed?

In Cumberland County, if paternity is disputed, a father can establish paternity through genetic testing or by seeking a court-ordered paternity test. The Hardin Law Firm can assist in this process by guiding the father through the legal steps required, ensuring the tests are accurate and legally recognized, and representing the father's interests in court if necessary.

What rights does a father gain after paternity is established in North Carolina?

After paternity is established in North Carolina, a father gains several rights, including the right to seek custody or visitation, the ability to be involved in decision-making for the child's education, healthcare, and religious upbringing, and the responsibility to provide financial support. The Hardin Law Firm can help fathers understand and exercise these rights, ensuring they have a meaningful relationship with their child.

Can paternity determinations be challenged or modified in Fayetteville?

Yes, paternity determinations can be challenged or modified in Fayetteville. This may be necessary if new evidence comes to light or if there are doubts about the accuracy of previous testing. The Hardin Law Firm has the knowledge to navigate the legal process for modifying or challenging paternity orders, always with the aim of protecting the rights of the client and the best interests of the child.

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