California Paternity Cases

A paternity case involves a man and a woman who have had a child but who are not married. A biological mother or father may initiate a paternity proceeding to establish paternity of a child and seek appropriate relief from the court.

A father typically seeks the establishment of paternity for the purpose of seeking custody or parenting time, whereas a mother, who usually already has full custody rights, seeks the establishment of paternity to seek contribution for child support and child care costs.

If you live in Glendale, Los Angeles County or a neighboring county of Southern California, the Law Offices of Liana Stepanyan can help protect your rights throughout a paternity case. Our firm practices exclusively in family law and has extensive experience in paternity, child support, child custody and parenting time proceedings.

Before problems become more serious, get legal advice. To set up a free initial consultation with our attorney, please call 818-334-2932.

Protect Your Rights

As a mother or father, you have rights. As long as you are a safe and fit parent, you have a right to play a significant role in the life of your child. California law favors the involvement of both parents in the life of their child.

Biological mothers start out with full custody when a child is born outside of marriage. A father who seeks a paternity order will typically be awarded parenting time unless he is abusive or otherwise unfit. If a mother is unfit, or if the court believes for some other reason that it is in the best interests of a child to be in the custodial care of the father, the court can award custody to an unmarried father.

A mother has a right to seek a court order that compels the biological father to contribute to the cost of raising a child. And a biological mother who has a child outside of marriage is not required to file a paternity action to seek custody or parenting time, because an unwed father has no custody or visitation rights until paternity has been established by court order.

Find A Workable Solution

To speak with an attorney about a paternity dispute, send a message to the Law Offices of Liana Stepanyan today.