Arizona Paternity Attorneys
Paternity Attorneys in Arizona
Are you looking for the best Arizona paternity attorneys for you paternity case in Arizona? Our attorneys share more than 100 years experience in paternity and child custody cases. We bring that experience to bear on every one of our clients’ paternity cases. If you are facing a paternity case in Arizona, you should consider the following issues that need to be addressed by an experienced and qualified Arizona paternity attorney.
Paternity Attorneys Establish Paternity
The first step in establishing paternity is determining if the child or children are your biological children. Once paternity is established, it can be very difficult to reverse that decision. We ask all of our clients to request a DNA paternity test before we ask the court to enter a Declaratory Judgement of Paternity establishing you as the biological and legal father of a child. However, you have no legal rights or responsibilities for children before paternity is established except to assert a claim that the children treat you as their father.
Your Paternity Attorney Should Explain the Issues in a Paternity Case in Arizona
The issues we see in paternity cases, beyond first establishing paternity, are child custody, now referred to as legal decisions making, parenting time, child support, and whether one party in the case should pay some or all of the other parent’s attorney fees. High conflict case may result in the court ordering a child custody evaluation by a trained and experienced psychologist. That expert interviews the parents, the children (if they are old enough), and listen to all witnesses and other evidence provided to them. He or she will likely conduct psychological testing on both parents. At the end of the evaluation, he or she will issue a report with his or her opinion as to what legal decision making and parenting time arrangements are in the best interest of your children.
Chris Hildebrand wrote this article about paternity to ensure everyone has access to information about paternity laws in Arizona. Chris is a divorce and paternity attorney at Hildebrand Law, PC. He has over 24 years of Arizona family law experience and has received multiple awards, including US News and World Report “Top Arizona Divorce Attorneys”, Phoenix Magazine “Top Divorce Law Firms”, and Arizona Foothills Magazine “Best of the Valley” award. He believes the policies and procedures he uses to get his clients through a divorce should all be guided by the principles of honesty, integrity, and actually caring about what his clients are going through in a paternity case.
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