Navigating the complex emotional and legal landscape of paternity disputes requires expertise, sensitivity, and a deep understanding of family law.

At Monan Gozzett, we specialise in providing professional legal assistance to those facing uncertainties or disputes regarding paternity.

Our dedicated team of paternity lawyers is committed to guiding you through every step of the process with clarity and compassion.

Contact our Family Law team today to see how we can help.

What Is A Paternity Dispute?

A paternity dispute arises when the biological fatherhood of a child is questioned or contested.

Such disputes can emerge in various circumstances, such as when a child is born during a marriage where infidelity is suspected or when doubts about paternity surface at any point in a child's upbringing.

Disputing paternity involves legal processes to either confirm or refute a man's biological relationship to a child.

These disputes often have profound emotional, financial, and legal implications for all involved, making the role of skilled paternity lawyers crucial.

Taking A Paternity Test

The cornerstone of resolving a paternity dispute is the paternity test. This scientific procedure compares the DNA of the child with that of the alleged father.

While over-the-counter tests can offer personal insights, they are not admissible in court.

For legal purposes, a court-approved DNA test is necessary.

This step is essential for establishing biological ties and determining responsibilities and rights regarding child support, custody, and inheritance.

What Happens Next? The Paternity Dispute Process

Upon initiating a paternity dispute, the legal process unfolds in several stages, starting with the application for a paternity test.

  • Reviewing Test Results: The results of the DNA test are reviewed. If the test confirms that the alleged father is the biological parent, the court may proceed to address issues such as child support, custody, and visitation rights.
  • Legal Determination and Orders: Based on the paternity test results and the best interests of the child, the court makes legal determinations regarding paternity. This can lead to orders related to child support, custody arrangements, visitation rights, and the legal status of the father.
  • Adjusting Child Support and Custody: If paternity is established, the court may order the father to pay child support. Custody and visitation rights may also be adjusted to reflect the child’s best interests and the newly established paternity.
  • Name Changes and Birth Certificate Updates: In some cases, establishing paternity may lead to changes in the child’s surname and updates to the birth certificate to include the father’s name.
  • Appeals and Further Legal Action: Parties involved in the dispute have the right to appeal the court’s decisions or pursue further legal action if they believe the outcome does not serve the child’s best interests.

Throughout this process, the paramount consideration is the welfare and best interests of the child.

The court aims to ensure that children have financial support, emotional connections, and stability from their parents, regardless of the parents' relationship with each other.

How Monan Gozzett Can Help

At Monan Gozzett, our approach to paternity disputes is tailored to the unique circumstances of each case.

We understand the sensitivity of these matters and are dedicated to handling your case with the utmost care and professionalism.

Our team offers comprehensive legal advice, from the initial consultation and taking of the paternity test to navigating the subsequent legal proceedings.

We are committed to ensuring that the resolution serves the child's best interests while protecting your rights and relationship with the child.

Contact Monan Gozzett

If you are facing a paternity dispute and need expert legal advice, Monan Gozzett is here to help.

Our team of experienced paternity lawyers is ready to provide you with the support and guidance you need during this challenging time.

Let us help you navigate the complexities of paternity disputes with confidence and compassion.

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