Establish Paternity And Assert Your Rights As A Parent
All parents equally share the rights and responsibilities of raising a child. However, it’s impossible to enjoy those rights or distribute the responsibilities of parenthood when there is disagreement about who a child’s parents are. Pregnancy generally makes it obvious who the mother is, but paternity can be more elusive.
Whether you are a father seeking to assert your rights as a parent, or a mother seeking to compel an absentee father to take responsibility for his child, we can help. At The Law Firm of Jessica M. Cotter P.L.L.C., we use the tools of modern science and a deep understanding of the law to establish the basic facts about your family. We will help you arrange a DNA test and present the results appropriately in the family court system. DNA testing can be done before the child is even born, so there is no need to wait.
Compassionate Legal Advice For Every Aspect Of Your Paternity Case
Family law attorney Jessica M. Cotter will help you with every aspect of your paternity case. In addition to arranging DNA testing, we can help you anticipate the unexpected costs of parenthood, from the medical bills of childbirth to day care and diapers. These are all important factors when dividing parental responsibility. We can work with you to develop strategies for effective communication with other parties and to keep the discussion civil even when you are facing a deep disagreement.
Once paternity is established, many of our clients go on to negotiate parenting time, legal decision-making and child support — these are all areas we can help with. For more information on child custody and child support, see our Divorce page.
Call Today To Start Building A Sustainable Arrangement For Your Child
Our clients include both fathers and mothers, as well as grandparents who are helping their adult children raise a baby. At The Law Firm of Jessica M. Cotter P.L.L.C., our goal is to help you reach a stable family arrangement so that you don’t need a lawyer for long.