A family law case cannot begin in Nevada without paternity being established. Paternity is assumed if the couple was married at the time of the child’s birth. If the couple was not married but they signed a form called an “Affidavit of Paternity” that is published by the Nevada Department of Vital Statistics and then submitted it back to that department, then paternity would be established in all but a situation of fraud. A couple should know that the father’s name on the child’s birth certificate alone is not enough to establish paternity, and either party can ask a court for an order for a paternity test to determine parentage, keeping in mind that this request must be made in a time sensitive fashion. Attorney Tony Liker has an extensive experience in handling such cases in Las Vegas, Nevada. Contact us today for a free consultation.
Attorney Tony Liker helping residents establish paternity of their children
Men and women alike may be interested in fighting to establish paternity. The male may be interested in established his Nevada rights as a father while the female may wish to establish a child support order. The first step in the process is to file a Complaint for Paternity. The opposing party will be served with the Complaint and a request is filed with the Court requesting a paternity test. The Court will hold a hearing shortly thereafter and the parents will be sent for DNA testing to establish parentage. A second hearing will be held where the Court will announce the results of the test. If the test is positive then the Court will set temporary child visitation and support orders. A trial will be held at a later date to finalize the parties’ custody and support obligations. While the process of DNA testing may be straightforward, the steps involved in determining custody, support, and child support arrears are not. Contact Tony Liker immediately if you are involved in a paternity case.