Paternity is the means to legally establish the identity of a child’s father. This is important because it will allow the father’s name to be listed on the child’s birth certificate, give the father the right to seek child custody and visitation, give the child the right to child support from his or her father, and many other benefits. Our skilled lawyers can explain the legal implications of establishing paternity and can guide you through the paternity process.
If a mother is married at the time of the child’s birth, her husband is presumed under Maryland law to be the father of the child. However, this is a rebuttable presumption and can be contested.
If a mother is not married at the time of the child’s birth, paternity can be established if both parents are willing to sign an Affidavit of Parentage, or, if necessary, through a court proceeding called a paternity hearing.
It is important to speak with an experienced paternity attorney to understand the complexities of paternity law and how you can best achieve your legal goals. The Law Offices of Kerri Cohen represents clients in paternity hearings and aggressively fights to protect your rights and get the results you deserve.
We understand that every situation is unique. Contact our office today to speak with a knowledgeable attorney about your specific case.