Grand Rapids Paternity Attorney Successfully Establishing Fathers’ Rights to Their Children
Providing high-level experience and on-site DNA testing in paternity matters
The legal team at the Van Den Heuvel Law Office has handled numerous cases involving paternity and fathers’ rights. We understand that you want to be a part of your child’s life, so we provide competent and knowledgeable representation in establishing paternity and seeking custody and/or parenting time rights with your children. Our office even provides on-site DNA testing. We have a high level of proficiency in DNA matters, which can also be used to defend paternity allegations. Whatever your paternity issue, we are fully equipped and qualified to provide you superior legal representation.
Proving paternity and fighting for your rights as a father
If you were not married to your child’s mother at the time of the child’s birth, you are not recognized under Michigan law as the legal father. Even if you are listed on the birth certificate and there is an affidavit of parentage (which must be signed by you if you agree you are the father), filed with the state of Michigan, you have no right to custody or parenting time or the obligation to pay support. Only after a complaint is filed and an order is entered by a court does the father have those rights and that obligation.
Complaint for paternity in Michigan
Either the mother or father can file an action to establish paternity. The complaint for paternity is filed where the mother or child resides. If you and the mother agree that you are the father, then an order of filiation, custody and parenting time can be entered. If either party disputes that you are the father, then a motion for DNA testing must be filed. At the Van Den Heuvel Law Office, we provide on-site DNA testing. The test results are 99.9% accurate in telling if you are the child’s father.
It must be emphasized that a father has no rights to custody or parenting time if the courts are not involved. There must be a complaint for a paternity. Our family law legal team has extensive experience in establishing paternity and pursuing your legal rights as a father.
Our on-site DNA testing makes it convenient to fight wrongful allegations of paternity. The tests are accurate and considered persuasive evidence by the Michigan courts. If you believe that you are not the biological father of a child but the mother is trying to obtain child support or other benefits from you, let us help you get the proof you need to end the dispute.
Contact a paternity attorney who protects your interests
When your rights as a father are involved, you want proficient legal help. The Van Den Heuvel Law Office is conveniently located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Please call us at 616-698-0000 or contact us online to schedule an appointment today. We are also on Skype by appointment.