Why Should I Establish Paternity in Arizona?
Establishing paternity in Arizona can open up numerous issues with respect to legal and financial obligations in Arizona. When a child is born out of wedlock (meaning a father’s 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 is 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., case to both understand the importance of establishing paternity and the problems that can arise if you fail to do so.
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.