Paternity Laws and Rights in Arizona
The Value Of Establishing Paternity
Arizona paternity laws establish the rights and obligations of a father. If a child is born to an unmarried woman in Arizona, there is no presumption as to who the biological father of the child is. Either a mother or a father can bring a legal action to establish the paternity of the child.
At Dorris Law Group, our Tucson attorneys can assist you with Arizona paternity cases. We represent both mothers and fathers who wish to take advantage of legal protections afforded to them. We know the stakes are high when children are involved, and we treat every case with the importance that it deserves.
Understanding Paternity Laws In Arizona
When a man and woman are married and a child is conceived and born, the husband is presumed to be the father of the child and has paternal rights. In adoption cases, for example, adoption cannot generally go forward without the consent of the father for a child that has been conceived in marriage. The paternal rights that arise automatically to a married father also give the father a custody claim in the event of separation or divorce.
If a man and woman are not married, however, paternity must be formally established under Arizona paternity laws. It is in the best interests of both mother and father to establish paternity. Paternity must be known for a mother to receive child support and for a father to have rights and, in some cases, a role to play in his child’s life.
Establishing Paternity In Arizona
When a man and woman have a child but are not married, a legal process may be required in order for the paternity of the child to be determined. Paternity can be established with near-certain accuracy by taking DNA samples from the mother, father and child.
A mother can compel a father to go to court and take a paternity test so that the court will order child support to be paid. A father who wishes access to his child may also pursue a paternity action in order to be recognized as having a legal right to the child.
If a father declines to pursue a paternity action and/or does not add his name to the Arizona Putative Father Registry within 30 days of the child’s birth, the father may no longer be required to give consent before the adoption of his child takes place.
With the stakes so high, both the mother and father involved in a paternity dispute should seek legal help from an attorney who has knowledge of Arizona paternity laws.
Contact A Tucson Paternity Lawyer
The Tucson paternity lawyers at Dorris Law Group can help families understand paternity laws and protect their rights. We offer compassionate, knowledgeable and professional legal representation to all clients, and we communicate regularly with you throughout your case so you are never in the dark about the important legal issues affecting your life and the lives of your children.
To learn more about how we can represent you in establishing paternity in Arizona, contact us online or call 520-622-4866 to schedule a free consultation.