Fatherhood and paternity are synonymous. However, if a child born out of wedlock, biological fatherhood does not equal legal paternity. To get custody rights along with obligations, legal paternity must be established through a court action. Making the relationship legal from the beginning of child’s life provides a greater opportunity for a healthy relationship. It also insures the father’s rights to a relationship with his child. Legal fathers and mother have equal parental rights and responsibilities, including the right to seek custody or parenting time.
We help parents with initiating the paternity action and assuring the outcome in full compliance with Indiana Law. The process often becomes contested, stressful and complicate. We recommend that attorney is retained throughout the paternity action, and we offer our services.