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 by 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 duty to provide the care and support of his or her child(ren).
Typically, Arizona Revised Statutes 25-801 to 25-818 apply to actions filed in court to establish paternity. However, the Arizona Court of Appeals in the case of Thornsberry v. Superior Court held that a paternity action could also be filed under the Arizona Uniform Declaratory Judgments Act, which is series of statutes granting the court the authority to declare legal status between people and relationships.
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.