A special DNA test is employed in order to determine whether a particular man is the biological father of a child. While this once involved drawing blood, the process now merely requires swabbing the mouths of both the child and the man in question and comparing the DNA results. The test is painless and the results are usually returned in a short amount of time. A positive paternity determination has lasting effects for everyone involved, including the father, the mother, and the child.
If a man is determined to be a child’s father, California law then looks to him to pay guideline child support, generally until the child turns 18 or graduates high school, but not to exceed 19. With those obligations arise certain perspective rights that the man may want to seek, such as custody and/or visitation rights. But in some cases those rights can be delayed until the man establishes that he is capable of playing a positive parental role in the child’s life.
Daniel Geraldi has represented numerous men and women in paternity actions throughout the Bay Area. He has helped mothers establish the paternity of their child, for the purposes of obtaining child support. He also represents men in cases where they doubt that they are the father and where they wish to avoid financial responsibility for a child that they believe is not theirs. If a man knows he is the father, he may also voluntarily admit fatherhood by signing a sworn declaration of paternity.
Daniel Geraldi approaches these cases with sensitivity and with knowledge of the lifelong impact these determinations have upon the parties involved. Contact Daniel Geraldi at (925) 236-0045 if you have further questions relating to paternity.