Paternity/Original Child Support and Custody Determinations
Paternity is a broad term which addresses more than just determining the biological father of a child. When unmarried parents attempt to establish child support or a parenting plan, they must first establish paternity. Child support, a parenting plan, and paternity can all be addressed in one proceeding: a Petition to Determine Paternity. When paternity has been established, a parent may file a Petition to only establish child support or a parenting plan. A parenting plan is the establishment of a time sharing schedule (more commonly referred to as custody) and parental responsibility (legal decision-making for the child). Determining whether or not paternity has been established and identifying the necessary petition to file to attain your requested relief is not always easy.
If you are seeking to establish child support or development of an original parenting plan, Andrew Bokan can advise you of your next step and represent you throughout the process. Contact Andrew A. Bokan today to learn more.