Paternity cases involve situations where the mother and father of a child were not married to each other when the child was born. They are used to formalize agreements about child custody, child support, and parenting time between unmarried parents of minor children.

Many paternity cases are actually started by a county. When a mother has received medical assistance or other financial assistance from the government related to the pregnancy and birth or the support of a child after birth, the law requires that the county initiate a paternity action to get financial assistance from the father in supporting the child.

For further explanation of the factors to be considered in the determination of child support, please visit our child support page.

Contact Attorney Patricia Buss to discuss your paternity matter today.