Both married and unmarried parents could find themselves involved in a paternity case. If you’re not married, but you have children, it is usually necessary for the mother to establish paternity, which then allows for child support to the mother and visitation rights for the father.
And, for married parents, establishing paternity could be part of divorce proceedings, although children are generally presumed to be the biological children of the husband and wife.
Paternity Lawyer in Baltimore, Maryland
A paternity suit may be necessary if you’re a man who doesn’t believe he’s the father of the child. It may also be necessary for a mother who wants the baby’s father to play an active role in her child’s life and pay child support.
The attorneys at James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates have been representing both men and women throughout Maryland since 1992. As experienced Baltimore paternity attorneys, we can help protect and establish parental rights and look out for the best interest of the child.
What is Paternity Fraud?
Paternity fraud, generally speaking, is when the alleged father is not able to effectively defend the mother’s claim of paternity. What this means is that the alleged father is held responsible for a child that isn’t his. Some paternity cases even involve assisted reproductive technology.
Maryland law provides several different ways in which paternity actions can be raised, by both men and women. Call us to find out more about time limits and the presumption of paternity in marriage.
It’s important to be proactive in establishing paternity or defending against a claim of paternity. To get started, call 443-709-9999 or contact our paternity lawyer online.