Paternity

North Dakota/Minnesota Paternity Attorney

In North Dakota and Minnesota family law, paternity is defined as the legal admission of a man’s parental relationship and responsibility to a child.

Under common law, any children born within a marriage are considered to be the husband’s children under a rule known as “presumption of legitimacy.” The husband is responsible for all obligations to the children. In cases of unwed mothers, a man may accept paternity of the children or the mother may petition for a determination in court. In both of these cases, it’s possible for the paternity of a child or children to be in question. In these cases, a party may request a determination of paternity of one more putative fathers. Factors leading to this determination may include testimony or other evidence such as blood and DNA testing.

Once paternity has been established, parenting plan matters of alimony, child custody, child support, and child visitation are often raised. The Fargo, ND family law attorney team at O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Foss are prepared to help you understand these and other North Dakota and Minnesota family law matters, and to fight for your rights to reach the best possible resolution for your family. Call for more information today 701-235-8000.

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