Paternity and Parentage Issues

Paternity is defined as the father of a child or children. Paternity covers a broad range of Family Law issues, including child custody, child support and visitation. When paternity is in question, DNA testing is often used to determine parentage. The determination of paternity is the first step to take when seeking child custody, child support, or visitation rights.

Paternity proceedings are generally referred to as “parentage actions” and may be initiated by the mother of a child, a California county, or by the alleged or “putative” father. The attorneys at Marx & Duffy, LLP have extensive experience in the evaluation and litigation of parentage cases, including defending clients against false claims of paternity. Mr. Marx and Mr. Duffy have both worked for mothers, fathers, grandparents, and for individuals contesting paternity claims.