In California. the courts assume that the husband in a marriage is the father of any child birthed by the wife. However, biologically, this is not always the case.
Many avenues exist for persons to determine or contest the paternity of a child.
According to the California Courts, residents of the state have at least three options for determining paternity in contested or unclear situations. The first option and the simplest consists of the parents’ signing a voluntary declaration of parentage; this is when both parents agree on the identity of the father. The second option involves the help of a local child support agency; every county in California has a child support agency that can bring an action to establish parentage.
The third option is to go to court to establish paternity. This process includes the filling out of several legal documents. It might also include a trial before a judge. Either parent can start a court case to establish paternity, and either parent can ask for orders about issues such as custody, support and visitation.
Finding a family law facilitator
The court procedures for establishing parentage include complex legal issues. As such, the California Courts help individuals find a family law facilitator. Each county maintains a facilitator to help with legal issues at no cost to the individual. These employees provide general assistance on family law issues, and they are able to provide information to all parties in a case.
These legal professionals do not serve as attorneys for individuals. They are neutral employees of the courts and do not represent any person or party.