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What do I need to know about filing a paternity case?

Before taking any sort of legal action, it is not uncommon for people to have a lot of questions. This is certainly true for family law matters -- such as addressing paternity issues. Filing a paternity case in Maryland may seem difficult and confusing, but assistance is available to help resolve the problem as quickly and smoothly as possible.

There is a lot to know about filing a paternity case. Before proceeding with this action, it would be good to gain an understanding as to how establishing paternity can be of benefit. Paternity cases are generally filed for financial or custodial reasons. Mothers may file in an effort to seek child support payments, while potential fathers may wish to gain custody or visitation rights to their children. Of course, potential fathers may also choose to pursue paternity cases to fight accusations of parentage.

So, how is paternity determined? Paternity is generally established in one of two ways, DNA testing or volunteering parentage. Of course, a man may also be presumed to be the father if he is married or engaged to the child's mother.

Once paternity is established, it does not mean that custody and financial concerns will be immediately settled. Mothers or fathers may have to take further legal actions in order to achieve child support, custody and/or visitation orders. A family law attorney can help mothers and fathers in Maryland with these matters. With the right assistance, it is possible to achieve orders that take into consideration the best interests of all parties involved -- especially those of the affected children.

Source: FindLaw, "Paternity Suit FAQs", Accessed on Dec. 19, 2015

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