Acknowledgement of Paternity in CT & NY
Acknowledgment of paternity in CT or NY may be necessary if a child is born out of wedlock or as the result of marital indiscretions. In either case, the paternity of such a child may be called into question and formal acknowledgment of paternity needs to take place.
Determining the paternity of a child is crucial as it enables a court to provide a father with custody and visitation rights, the same as in the case of a child born to married parents. It also creates financial child support obligations for the father, ensuring that the child benefits from all financial resources available. Attorney Heidi E. Opinsky and the team of paternity legal professionals at her New York/Connecticut divorce firm, zealously represent fathers faced with these unplanned circumstances, while simultaneously providing compassion and attention to the children involved.
How Is Acknowledgement of Paternity in CT & NY Done?
In both New York and Connecticut, there are two primary ways to establish paternity when parents are not married. First, the parents can agree as to the identity of the child’s father and voluntarily sign a document known as an “Acknowledgment of Paternity.”
Second, either parent can file a petition with the court asking for a paternity hearing. This process is typically resolved through DNA testing.
While paternity determination can establish a father’s right to visitation and a mother’s right to support, it can also benefit the child. For instance, the child will not only be able to enjoy a meaningful relationship with his or her father, but establishing paternity will also create potential inheritance rights from the father’s estate.
Compassionate And Experienced Legal Counsel
If you have questions about acknowledgement of paternity in CT or NY, you need to speak to a knowledgeable lawyer right away. With over 30 years of legal experience, Heidi E. Opinsky can help you resolve any paternity-related issue, including matters arising during a moderate or high net worth divorce. Reach out to Ms. Opinsky online or call her at 203-653-3542. With offices in New York City and Stamford, Connecticut she assists clients throughout the surrounding areas, including Manhattan, Greenwich, Fairfield and Westport.