Rockville Paternity Attorneys

Paternity can be a sensitive subject for all parties. The implications of a child's paternity can include emotional issues as well as financial and legal concerns. It is extremely important for parents to take this step for their child. Critical rights for parents and child cannot be established until legal paternity is determined.

At Avery & Upton, we are committed to helping parents protect their rights to their children. We work with many fathers and have often been successful in getting full/sole custody. A large number of our clients are fathers who are seeking at least 50 percent custody. Our Rockville paternity lawyers have the experience to help you establish rights to your child and to protect your child's future.

Establishing Paternity Is Critical For Parents And Children

A child born to unmarried parents in Maryland has no legal father. An unwed biological father can establish legal rights to the child by putting his name on the child's birth certificate and signing an Affidavit of Parentage before the child's 18th birthday. We can help you add your name to your child's birth certificate. If the alleged father does not sign an Affidavit of Parentage, DNA testing will be used to prove or disprove paternity.

Either the mother or the alleged father may file a paternity action. Mothers may file a paternity suit if they wish to establish child support for the child. Child support cannot begin until paternity is legally established.

An unmarried father can file to establish his legal rights to a child. Unwed fathers must be legally recognized by the court as the child's father before they have the right to seek child custody and visitation with the child.

Men may also file a paternity suit to disprove paternity if they have been wrongly named as the father.

To Learn More, Speak With A Montgomery County Parental Rights Lawyer

To schedule an appointment with one of our experienced attorneys, please call 301-576-0950 or 866-919-9723, or contact us online.