Paternity in Arizona | FAQ’S

What is Paternity in Arizona?

A husband of a child born during a marriage is presumed to be the child’s father with all of the legal rights and responsibilities that flow with fatherhood. However, a child conceived between two people who are not married does not create any presumption of parentage. A father of a child(ren) born out of wedlock has no legal rights or responsibilities to that child until he establishes paternity in Arizona.

Establishing paternity in Arizona is very crucial and an important first step a mother or father can take to ensure the creation of the father’s rights and responsibilities with his child(ren). These rights include spending time with the child(ren), making major decisions affecting the child(ren), and ensuring the child(ren) has a right to inherit from his father, just to name a few. Some of the obligations that flow with parenthood include the obligation to provide for the care and support of his or her child(ren).

 Why Should I Establish Paternity in Arizona?

Establishing paternity in Arizona can open up numerous doors of opportunity with respect to legal and financial obligations in Arizona. When a child is born out of wedlock (meaning a fathers biological paternity has not been established) it is difficult for a father to gain legal rights to their child(ren) and, similarly, it is not possible for a mother to request orders for the payment of child support without first establishing paternity of the father.

Establishing paternity necessary to enable a father to play a role in the process of legal decision-making, which includes medical decision-making, decisions regarding where the child goes to school and the like.

Arizona has a Putative Father Registry where fathers may list their names in connection with a specific child if they believe there is a chance they are the child’s biological father. By doing so, they will receive notice if the child is being placed for adoption or is placed in foster care. Being listed on the Putative Father Registry, however, does not establish paternity in Arizona or any legal rights to the child.

You may be interested in watching the actual oral argument before the Arizona Court of Appeals of the David C., Kim C. v. Alexis S., A.C. case, directly below, to both understand the importance of establishing paternity and the problems that can arise if you fail to do so.

David C., Kim C. v. Alexis S., A.C. | Arizona Court of Appeals Oral Argument

How Can I Establish Paternity in Arizona?

It is important to note that in Arizona it does not matter how paternity in Arizona is established, as long as it is done so legally. The three most common ways to establish paternity in Arizona are to (1) voluntarily; (2) administratively; or (3) by court action. So long as paternity is legally established in one of these three methods, the father will have all the rights and responsibilities with respect to his child(ren).

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Voluntary Establishment of Paternity in Arizona

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Contact Our Scottsdale Arizona Paternity Attorneys

If you are in need of a paternity lawyer in Arizona, the family law firm of Hildebrand Law, PC is only a phone call away. Our attorneys handle all types of paternity cases in Arizona. Please call (480) 305-8300 if you wish to speak with our Arizona paternity lawyers or have additional questions regarding Arizona paternity laws.