If you are not married, and were, or are, in a relationship with a person who is pregnant with your child, you can secure your parental rights! When pregnant either mom or dad can file a ‘paternity action‘ to establish the father and address custody, visitation & support.
Specifically, a Petition to Establish Parental Relationship is filed and served on the other party. Both parents will go to mediation and then to trial to formalize a parenting schedule once the child is born.
Establishing the father can also be accomplished by voluntarily signing a Declaration of Paternity and filing this with Child Support Services. However, this will not address Custody & Visitation which would have to be specified in the Family Court.
When dealing with the unborn child, reimbursement of pregnancy and birth expenses may be a factor. Once the child is born, child support plus half the uninsured health-care costs as well as 1/2 child care costs may need to be calculated.
If you have questions about child support, custody & visitation, please consult with one of our experienced Family Law Attorneys who can advise you and explain your options. In addition, our Flat Fees make it affordable. We can be reached at 1-800-HELP-444 (1-800-435-7444) or visit our website www.LegalActionWorkshopLAW.com .