Paternity

Giving Your Child Your Name

In parentage/paternity actions, the court makes orders declaring who the child’s legal parents are.

Under California Family Code Section 7540, if a child is born to married parents, then the married persons are the child’s legal parents. In 2005, Assembly Bill 205 acknowledged the increasing number of domestic relationships by establishing that if the parents are registered domestic partners when a baby is born, the law presumes that the domestic partners are the child’s parents.  For unmarried parents, parentage of the child(ren) needs to be established legally. In certain instances, the court can find that a child has more than two parents.

Once parentage is confirmed, your child can enjoy certain benefits, such as the right to:

  • Health and insurance coverage through you
  • Receive financial support from you
  • Inherit from you
  • Receive Social Security, workers’ compensation, and other benefits available through you

In a divorce action, paternity cases affect child custody, visitation, and support, so it is essential to reach a speedy resolution for the sake of the children involved. Entrust Legal will guide you through this process in order to end the conflict as quickly as possible and allow your child to enjoy a fulfilling relationship with his or her parents.