When biological parents are unmarried, there may difficulties with establishing legal paternity. There are simple ways to address this issue; if the parents agree on paternity, a Declaration of Paternity may be filed with the courts. When the parents cannot agree on paternity, the process is more complicated.
The most effective manner of establishing paternity when biological parents cannot agree is using DNA testing. This should be ordered by the court; the courts will not accept private DNA testing unless it is court ordered.
There are numerous reasons for establishing the paternity of a child; both parents should enjoy a relationship with the child, custody and visitation rights could be impacted, and the financial needs of the child(ren) should be addressed by both parents.
I have extensive experience dealing with parentage issues in Contra Costa and Alameda Counties, with offices in Oakland. Contact FLAG PC and we can help you with the process. Whether the parents agree, or do not agree, I can help you establish legal parentage.