Establishing Paternity

Tempe Paternity Attorney

Establishing Paternity in Phoenix, AZ

A marriage certificate or lack thereof does not matter in care and custody of children. Parents who were never married have the same rights and responsibilities regarding custody, parenting time and child support. However, the dynamics of the situation can be very different from a divorce. You need a law firm that is well-versed in paternity and related matters of Arizona family law.

At Arizona Family Law Attorneys, we regularly represent fathers and mothers in establishing paternity and sorting out the aftermath. Our skilled Phoenix & Tempe paternity lawyers can assert or challenge custody rights regarding a child born out of wedlock and protect your interests regarding financial support of the child.


Have questions about your paternity matter? Schedule an initial case evaluation by calling us at (480) 418-0840!


What is Paternity and Why Establish It?

Paternity refers to biological fatherhood. If there is any question about whether a man is the father, genetic testing can quickly and definitively settle the matter. If necessary, we can get a court-ordered DNA test to establish paternity.

Our experienced Phoenix family law attorneys can help you address:

Child support — Child support accrues from birth, not from the date that paternity is established. We make sure that child support is correctly calculated and we can represent either party in addressing child support arrears. Child support is based on incomes and the amount of parenting time — in some paternity cases the mother must pay child support to the father.

Fathers' rights — A father who was not married to the mother has absolutely no parental rights until paternity is established. It is advisable for fathers to obtain a court order to make things official even if they are currently on amicable terms with the mother.

Mothers' rights — A mother cannot deny visitation simply because she has broken up with the father. However, if he has not been involved in the child's life or represents a legitimate threat to the child's safety or well-being, we can argue in court to deny or restrict his contact with the child.

A father who wants to be involved in his son's or daughter's life can petition for custody and parenting time, such as joint legal and physical custody of his child born out of wedlock. We can represent either parent in negotiating a parenting plan that is workable and protects the best interests of the child. A father who has not been involved with his child from the beginning may have to first establish visitation and gradually earn a greater custody role.

Protect Your Parental Rights! Speak with a Tempe Family Lawyer.

Our firm knows that families come in all shapes and sizes and that unmarried parents need quality legal counsel as much as divorcing parents. We offer compassionate support, practical advice, and strong legal advocacy without judgment. We make every effort to resolve these difficult issues without litigation, but our Phoenix family law attorneys are fully prepared to fight for you in court to protect your parental rights and your child.

For the diligent guidance you need for your paternity case, contact us as soon as possible.