Legal Questions About Paternity in New Jersey
When unmarried parents have questions about paternity lawsuits, it is usually in one of the following situations:
- A mother wants to legally determine the father of her child so she can collect child support from the child’s father.
- An unmarried father wants to assert his rights to visit with his child because the child’s mother is blocking visitation.
- An unmarried father wants to challenge the mother for custody of a child because he believes the child to be in danger in her custody.
- A grandparent wants to adopt a child, usually due to the parents’ financial or legal troubles. Before the adoption can go forward, each biological parent has to voluntarily surrender parental rights. If legal paternity has not been established, the law requires the father to first acknowledge paternity before surrendering his parental rights.
The legal process to establish paternity can be easy or complex, depending on the facts of the specific case and the attitudes of the parents. In some circumstances, the father only needs to file a simple acknowledgement of paternity form with the local family court. In other cases, the mother may need to file a formal paternity action, which will require the alleged father to undergo DNA testing to determine the child’s parentage. To get started and learn about your options contact us today.
Practical Advice and Efficient Help With Paternity Questions
At the Law Offices of Gary J. Natale, P.C., we give clients straightforward advice about paternity actions, whether our client is the child’s mother, father or grandparent. From our office in West Orange, we handle family law conflicts for clients in Essex County, Hudson County, Morris County, Middlesex County and Union County.
Our family law practice is distinguished by the time and care that attorney Gary Natale gives to his clients. From the first meeting, which is always free of charge, Mr. Natale takes as much time as necessary to make sure he understands his clients’ concerns and answers all of their questions.
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