Paternity Attorney

At Philip Goldberg PC, we work with clients on paternity cases in Colorado. We represent mothers and fathers seeking to either prove or disprove paternity. We understand the interconnection of paternity cases to other issues like child support and parental rights.

Whether you need help as part of a custody dispute, financial issue, or to protect your or your child’s interests, we have the experience and skill to manage your case. Our legal team handles each case with compassion and confidentiality to protect your rights.

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Paternity Law in Colorado

Colorado law presumes paternity for married couples or the father listed on the birth certificate. However, some circumstances make it necessary to determine the biological father through the legal system.

We work with clients facing paternity issues, including the legal process to determine parentage. Our team understands family law in Colorado and the correct procedures involved in a paternity action.

What Is A Paternity Case?

A paternity case is a legal process to determine the biological father when one party questions legal paternity. The court may order paternity DNA testing, or the alleged parent can file an Admission of Parentage.

Determining paternity can impact other legal issues, like visitation rights, financial obligations, etc. If you face paternity issues, work with a qualified paternity lawyer to help protect your rights.

How to Establish Paternity in Colorado

Establishing paternity is a complicated process that includes specific legal proceedings. The type of action to take depends on your role in the case and whether the other party cooperates. An experienced family law attorney, like Philip Goldberg PC, can offer insight into the best course of action to accomplish your goals.

The Paternity Process

  • File Petition to Determine Parentage – Often, the mother files as the “Petitioner” and the alleged father is the “Respondent.” Or, the father can file as ‘Petitioner” if the mother denies paternity.
  • Admission of Parentage – If the father admits the child is theirs, they file the Admission of Parentage with the courts.
  • Agreement for Genetic Testing – If the mother and alleged father agree to genetic testing, file an Agreement for Genetic Testing with the court.
  • Motion for Genetic Testing – If the mother and alleged father disagree on genetic testing, either party may file a Motion for Genetic Testing with the court.
  • Petition to Disclaim Paternity – If the person thought to be the father is not the biological parent, they can file a Petition to Disclaim Paternity. This must be done within a reasonable time after obtaining knowledge of relevant facts but no later than five years after the child’s birth.

Each petition and circumstance require specific steps to proceed appropriately. Work with an experienced paternity attorney to protect your paternity rights. We work with parents on family law matters, including determining paternity.

Reasons to Question Paternity

Paternity establishes the biological father. Paternity cases typically apply to unmarried parents who want to determine parental responsibilities. 

There are many reasons to petition the court for paternity, including:

Each petition and circumstance require specific steps to proceed appropriately. Work with an experienced paternity attorney to protect your paternity rights. We work with parents on family law matters, including determining paternity.

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How A Family Law Attorney Can Help with Paternity Cases

At Philip Goldberg PC, our legal team has experience handling all types of paternity cases. We understand how difficult it can be to navigate the complex legal system. We will guide you through each step of the process, so you know what to expect.

We help families resolve their disputes based on our knowledge of the law and dedication to outstanding client service. We have helped thousands of clients throughout Denver and surrounding areas with family law issues. If you wish to pursue paternity or receive a petition involving paternity, we are here to help.  

Contact us today to schedule a consultation to discuss your case.

Paternity FAQs

Once paternity is established, the father has the right to pursue parenting responsibilities, including parenting time and decision making. However, he may have financial responsibility for the child and may be required to provide child support payments, health insurance coverage, or contribute to other expenses.

It is essential to consider the consequences of the paternity case before you move forward. Especially for mothers seeking paternity, while you may receive financial support, you may also have to share parenting time and decision-making. Know your goals from the start.

In Colorado, the legal system presumes the father is the spouse of the person who birthed the child or the father listed on the birth certificate. Paternity does not need to be proven in these circumstances unless one party questions the validity of the paternity.

A DNA or genetic test can determine paternity. This test determines whether the alleged father is the biological father. The testing procedure involves swabbing cells from inside the mouth or cheek. Then, a laboratory tests the cells against the DNA cells from the child.

If there is no match between the two samples, this indicates that the alleged father is not the biological father. The person requesting the paternity test is often responsible for covering the cost of testing.

Denver’s Experienced Paternity Lawyer

Philip Goldberg PC works with clients in Denver and surrounding communities on paternity issues. Determining the paternity of a child carries with it a heavy responsibility. You need a lawyer who not only knows how to navigate the law but also offers a compassionate and personalized approach.

Our law firm believes protecting your rights starts with clear communication and respectful service. We work hard to achieve a successful outcome to protect your future.

Contact Philip Goldberg PC to schedule an appointment for an initial consultation. We work with clients on paternity and other family law matters.