Denver Paternity Lawyer
Establishing Paternity in Colorado
At VanLandingham Law, LLC, we understand how important it is to establish paternity. While it may seem like a simple process, there are many legal and emotional factors to consider. We are here to help you through the process and make sure your rights are protected.
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Paternity in Colorado
In Colorado, paternity can be either legally recognized or legally disproved. Legally recognizing paternity means that the father is legally considered the child's legal father. Legally disproving paternity means that the father is not the legal father of the child.
There are many reasons why someone may want to disprove paternity. For instance, if the mother was married to someone else at the time of conception, then her husband is the legal father of the child. However, if the mother was in a relationship with another man at the time of conception, the other man may want to disprove paternity. Additionally, if the mother was in a relationship with the father at the time of conception but he is not the biological father, he may want to disprove paternity.
While the mother is the one who decides if and when paternity is established, the father must be notified of the mother's decision within 30 days. If the father does not agree with the mother's decision, he has the right to challenge paternity in court. The court may order genetic testing to determine the child's biological father.
Colorado's Paternity Laws
Colorado law does not require a father to be married to the mother to be the legal father of the child. If the mother was married at the time of conception, her husband is the child's legal father. If she was not married, then the child's mother and father can sign an Acknowledgment of Paternity, which legally establishes paternity. If the parents are not married, the father must pay child support to the mother.
Even if the father is not the biological father, he may still be required to pay child support. However, if the father is not the child's legal father, he will not be required to pay for medical insurance and other expenses related to the child's upbringing. He will not be required to pay child support and will not have any visitation or custody rights.
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At VanLandingham Law, LLC, our Denver paternity attorneys can help you with all your paternity-related matters. We offer flexible appointment times and accept most major credit cards.
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