New York Paternity Attorney
Why Should I Establish the Paternity of My Child?
Establishing paternity is beneficial for mothers and fathers. If you are
a mother, establishing paternity allows you to seek child support. If
you are the father, establishing paternity allows you to seek
visitation rights or even custody of your child. Paternity does not guarantee these rights
– it simply allows you to pursue them in court. If you are ready
to establish the paternity of your child, a New York City divorce lawyer
at Eiges & Orgel, PLLC can help you understand your options.
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Safeguard Your Rights as the Biological Father
If your child was born out of wedlock, you may have to take legal action
to establish yourself as the father. When a child is born to married parents,
the law presumes that both spouses are the natural parents of the child.
If the marriage ends in
divorce, the court will recognize the rights of both parents in respect to the
children. But if you and the mother were never married, you may find yourself
in a difficult position when seeking to assume your role as a parent.
Unmarried fathers who face opposition from the mother in being involved
with the children can get help from a New York divorce attorney. Your
attorney can help you file a petition with the court to obtain legal recognition
as a father. This may require you to get a DNA test for you and the child.
Once you have been named as the father, you will have an opportunity to seek
child custody or visitation rights. Our firm will do everything we can to remove any
barriers in your way.
Protecting Mothers’ Rights in Paternity Actions
Eiges & Orgel, PLLC also represents
mothers' rights during a paternity action. If you are seeking to prevent an abusive or
dangerous individual from obtaining the rights of paternity, we can fight
on your behalf. You may also want to prove that a man who denies paternity
is the father in order to obtain needed
child support. Whatever the case, we will consult with you about your objectives in
order to best serve your interests. We provide personalized service to
Prenatal & Postnatal DNA Testing Options
There are a variety of paternity tests, which be divided into two groups:
prenatal and postnatal DNA tests. Prenatal tests are conducted before
the child is born and are usually more expensive than postnatal testing.
Postnatal DNA testing is also less complicated, and usually involves a
simple cheek swab, blood test or umbilical cord collection test.
There are three types of prenatal DNA testing:
- Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS)
- SNP Microarray
Amniocentesis testing is conducted in the second trimester of pregnancy.
In this procedure, doctors use an ultrasound and needle to extract a small
amount of amniotic fluid. CVS testing will not be performed without doctor
consent. In this test, the doctor inserts a thin tube or needle through
the mother's cervix to collect a small sample of chorionic villi.
This sample is tested to determine who the child's biological father
is. SNP Microarray is a less invasive form of testing. Instead or inserting
a needle in the mother's womb, this type of test determines who the
child's father is by examining the child's DNA as it is found
naturally in the mother's bloodstream. This DNA test is approximately
How Much Does DNA Testing Typically Cost?
According to the American Pregnancy Association, paternity testing usually
costs between $400 and $2,000. Cost is typically determined by location
and the type of test. Although you may be able to find less expensive
options, it is important to choose an accredited testing center or laboratory.
According to the American Pregnancy Association, facilities that are AABB
accredited are recommended. Test results are usually available within
Contact a NYC Divorce Lawyer at Eiges & Orgel, PLLC
If you have questions about establishing paternity, the paternity testing
process, or any other
family law issue, a skilled legal professional from Eiges & Orgel, PLLC can help.
Contact us today to see what three decades of legal experience can do
for your case. With our team by your side, you can have peace of mind
knowing that your case is in good hands.
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