Paternity Issues



When a child is born out of wedlock, a petition to establish the paternity of a child may be brought by the child, the mother of the child, any relative in whose care the child has been placed, the Department of Human Resources or one who is alleged to be the father.

The Law Office of D. Warren Auld understands that critical importance of providing for children.  Whether it is obtaining child support to pay for the necessities or establishing a legal relationship for visitation or custody, our office is experienced not only in the litigation process but in helping craft solutions that are in the best interest of the child.

An Order establishing Paternity will set forth the rules that pertain to who makes decisions for the children, who has visitation and when and where the visitation will occur, it provides a stability and certainty for all those involved.


All children born in wedlock or within the usual period of gestation thereafter are legitimate.  However, if the legitimacy of a child is disputed, a Petition to Legitimate may be brought to establish the Father’s relationship with his child.  If successful the court may pass an order declaring the father's relationship with the child to be legitimate, and that the father and child shall be capable of inheriting from each other in the same manner as if born in lawful wedlock and specifying the name by which the child shall be known.  The court may also establish the duty of  the father to support the child and may also include claims for visitation or custody.

At the Law Office of D. Warren Auld we not only bring our experience in filing petitions to establish custody, but we also counsel with parents so that they understand the potential defenses when such a claim is not appropriate.  As with all matters touching children, we seek to give advice that will allow the parties involved to make appropriate decisions that protect the interests of their children.




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