Pleasanton Paternity Attorney 

Helping Families Establish Legal Parentage in Alameda & Contra Costa County

Establishing Legal Parentage is most commonly known as Establishing Paternity. However, Ham Family Law, P.C. understands that Paternity Actions are not just applicable to fathers. Mixed families, non-traditional families, or same-sex couples also face the question of: who retains parental rights to the child? When it comes to the delicate matter of establishing legal parentage you need a legal partner who understands the gravity of your situation and is ready to stand by your side. That's where Ham Family Law, P.C. steps in.

At Ham Family Law, P.C., we believe that every parent deserves to assert their legal rights and build meaningful relationships with their children. Our dedicated attorneys are here to help you navigate the case legalities and understand your rights and options. 

Our team is not just experienced; we're compassionate, understanding, and committed to providing personalized services that meet your unique needs. 

To schedule an initial consultation, call (510) 405-6610 today. 

Why Establishing Legal Parentage Is So Important

Establishing legal parentage, or paternity, is a critical aspect of family law that carries significant implications for the rights and responsibilities of parents and children alike. In cases of adoption, surrogacy, sperm donation, and other non-traditional family structures, determining legal parentage becomes even more complex but no less important.

Some of the reasons that establishing paternity is important include: 

  • Establishing legal parentage is crucial for child support. Under California law, both parents have an equal responsibility to financially support their children until they reach adulthood. Without legal parentage, it may be challenging to enforce child support obligations, putting the child's financial well-being at risk.
  • Legal parentage impacts inheritance rights. According to the California Probate Code, a legally recognized child has the right to inherit from their parent's estate if the parent dies without a will. Thus, establishing legal parentage can secure a child's future in the face of unforeseen circumstances.
  • Legal parentage plays a vital role in medical decisions. A legal parent has the right to make health care decisions on behalf of their minor child. In urgent medical situations, this right could be lifesaving.

Custody rights hinge upon legal parentage. In the event of divorce or separation, courts will consider the best interests of the child when awarding custody. Legally established parents have the right to seek custody and visitation

Get Help from Our Experienced Attorneys 

Establishing legal parentage can open doors to child custody, visitation rights, and even child support. With Ham Family Law, P.C., you're not just hiring a legal representative; you're gaining an advocate who can work tirelessly to protect your rights and secure your family's future.

Reaching out to us is simple. You can contact our office via phone at (510) 405-6610 to schedule an initial consultation. During this meeting, you'll get a chance to discuss your case with one of our experienced attorneys, who will provide a preliminary assessment and explain how we can assist you.

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