Danbury Lawyer for Paternity Actions

Determining Paternity in Danbury Cases

Paternity means fatherhood. Legally, it is the acknowledgment that a parental relationship exists between a man and a child. Under Connecticut law, both the father and the mother both share guardianship and have equal rights and duties regarding the child. Once paternity has been determined, the father's responsibilities and rights are equal to those of the mother.

A paternity suit can be brought by the father, the mother or the child. In the case of the mother, she may want to find out who is, in fact, the father of the child. Once this is established she can sue the father for child support. The father may want to establish his right to custody or visitation so he can have an ongoing relationship with the child, or rule himself out as the putative (alleged) father of the child. The child may bring suit to determine who the father is and to ensure his/her best interests are safeguarded.

If you are looking for guidance in a paternity action, a Danbury family law attorney from Jowdy & Jowdy will listen to you, advise you of your rights, and aggressively represent your case.

Aggressive Paternity Attorney in Danbury, CT

Paternity is determined by taking a DNA test. Inclusive tests show the likelihood that a man is the father of the child. A good inclusive DNA test will prove paternity to a degree between 99% to 99.99%. An exclusive test will show with 100% accuracy that the man is definitely not the father of the child. Of course, it is not necessary to contact an attorney to obtain a DNA test if the parties agree to take the test voluntarily. When paternity is contested, child support is sought or parental rights and responsibilities need to be determined, it is in your best interest to contact an attorney. Also, once paternity is established, there are other vital issues that must be negotiated, such as child support and other payments, custody arrangements, and visitation. With an office in Danbury, an experienced paternity lawyer from Jowdy & Jowdy can help you sort out these important issues that affect your life and a child's future.

If you would like to resolve issues involving paternity, contact a Danbury family law attorney today.

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