Paternity DNA Testing
At Berman & Associates, we represent fathers and mothers in complex paternity disputes. We understand that paternity issues can have a profound effect on our client’s life. Whether you are seeking to be established as a child's father, to establish the father of your child, or to defend against someone saying you are the father of a child, our family law attorneys will provide you with the representation you need through your paternity test.
We work to establish paternity and enforce a father’s right to be in the child’s life. Once paternity is established, a child custody order can be created to ensure the father is able to spend time with his child.
In addition, we have successfully helped mothers establish paternity so they can obtain child support for day care, educational and medical costs.
A paternity test is used to evaluate DNA by scraping a few skin cells from a supposed father’s cheek and the cheek of the child. The samples are compared to determine whether there is a parentage match. If there is a match, the court can establish that the man is the child's father.
Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity
A father not married to the mother of a child may sign a Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity form, which will be placed on the child’s birth certificate. Once the man signs this, he has 60 days to rescind. Berman & Associates has successfully represented "putative" fathers, even years after the signing, who had been duped into signing a Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity.
If the Acknowledgment of Paternity is allowed to stand, the putative father will be expected to pay child support, despite not being the real father.
Do You Need an Attorney for Paternity in Pennsylvania?
If there is a question about who a child's father is, a family law attorney can guide you through your options and, if necessary, represent you in court. Our Media, Pennsylvania attorneys represent clients throughout Delaware County, Philadelphia County, and Chester County. Please call Berman & Associates today at 610-565-9696 or contact us online for immediate representation for all paternity matters.