If you were not married to the other parent at the time the child was conceived and never became married, the issues of custody, visitation and child support are folded into what is commonly known as “a paternity suit”.
Both parents have the right to a paternity test using DNA samples. If paternity is established, the court will treat the issues of custody, visitation and child support just as in a divorce or legal separation. There are important benefits, such as SSI & Social Security that require proof of paternity. This also applies to inheritance rights and military benefits. Spousal support (alimony)will not be an issue in a paternity case.
To protect your interests, be it in challenging paternity or enforcing your rights as a parent, contact Matthew M. Kremer via email or call 858-278-8080.