Valparaiso Paternity / Parentage Attorneys
Lake County Parental Rights Attorneys For Families Throughout Northwest Indiana
Millbranth & Bush Attorneys and Counselors at Law is dedicated to upholding parental rights and helping families find solutions to the complex family law issues they face related to the determination of paternity. Our Valparaiso paternity attorneys work with clients throughout northwest Indiana.
We hold our clients' best interests above all else in all cases, bringing more than 75 years of combined legal experience and personal attention to the table for each person we represent. Reach us online or by telephone for help.
Determining Parental Rights In Indiana
It is preferable to establish paternity within the first few days of the birth of a child in Indiana. This is especially true for couples who are not married and need to provide their child with significant legal benefits and rights, such as a clear identity, a birth certificate, financial support, inheritance rights, life insurance and health insurance and medical care.
If a woman is married when she gives birth, her husband is assumed, by law, to be the father of the child. If a woman has been unmarried for less than 10 months due to a divorce or the death of her husband, her husband at the time of conception is assumed to be the father. If a woman was not married at the time of conception or time of birth, then paternity must be determined through genetic testing.
Legal action must be taken to have a genetic test performed to establish paternity. This is done through hospital affidavits, administrative affidavits or court determinations. You must adhere to specific guidelines, deadlines and be thorough in the court orders you pursue, so make sure to work with an experienced paternity lawyer to protect your and your child's rights.