Experienced Paternity Lawyers in Colorado Springs
Many circumstances exist where a paternity test is necessary. Whether you have been served with a notice of an impending paternity action, or you wish to establish parental rights with your child, it is wise to consult with one of our local Colorado Springs paternity attorneys.
Even when a child is very young, it makes sense to establish paternity as early as possible. If you need legal advice to help you establish your parental rights, please contact Marrison Family Law.
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Basic Colorado Paternity Laws
In Colorado, you do not need to be in a divorce situation to file a petition for paternity. Your paternity lawyer can file this petition at any time, and this option is available to both married and unmarried parents.
However, if a father’s name is printed on a child’s birth certificate, unless you have a valid reason to question it, there is no need to pursue this option. It is important to note that a motion of the mother to deny paternity can only be filed within five years of a child’s birth. Once the court establishes paternity, a determination will need to be made about parental rights and responsibilities. These include child support, visitation/parenting time and child custody, & decision making.
Psychological Parents in Colorado
While biological testing is an important step in determining parental rights for unmarried fathers, in the state of Colorado, being a biological parent is not the only way to establish paternity. Even if an adoption has not taken place, a “defacto parent” or person who has been a constant presence in a child’s life may still be granted parental rights. If you fit this description, and would like to find out more about how to continue your positive presence in that child’s life, you should contact the Marrison Family Law team! We can help you.
Hire an Exceptional Paternity Lawyer or Family Law Attorney Today!
If your paternity case will take place in the Colorado Springs area, call Marrison Family Law at (719) 577-9292. We will answer your questions and help you determine the best course of action. There's absolutely no obligation and your consultation will be 100% confidential, so there's no risk. We can provide you the information you need to make the best choices for you and your family.