Your Michigan Paternity Attorney

The concept of paternity has garnered an unfortunate reputation of being a tabloid issue. According to popular culture, paternity testing is how one finds out who is the baby’s father. All too often, this is a process revealed to a national television audience on one talk show or another. But in reality, paternity is a serious legal issue that – if ignored – can compromise your legal rights. Whether there is a child within or outside of a marriage, having the court order a ruling as to paternity has legal consequences on such topics as child support, visitation and custody – just to name a few.

As a Michigan Paternity Lawyer who has argued numerous paternity cases before the court – both in favor of and against a finding of paternity - our attorneys understand the complex proof and medical evidence involved. From what type of paternity test a client should be willing to take to finding the right expert testimony to testify to the scientific accuracy of the test results – perhaps no other area of family law requires such a specialized, scientific-rich expertise than paternity law. In order to ensure all of your interests and rights are fully protected, you need the experience of a Michigan Paternity Attorney.

Attorney Jannelle J. Zawaideh is a Michigan Paternity Lawyer dedicated to providing you the best in legal services with the personal, one-on-one commitment only found in a small law firm like The Law Offices of Jannelle J. Zawaideh. To start a conversation about your paternity questions, call our offices at 248-356-0600 and schedule a Free Phone Consultation with one of our Michigan Paternity Attorneys.

What is Paternity?

Paternity is simply the name given to the process of determining who the biological father of a child is. Specifically, paternity as a legal term only pertains to children born out of wedlock. The person who is determined to be the biological father is thereafter considered the legal father – unless other legal action is taken.

Why Does Paternity Matter?

Unless there is a court order granting paternity, a biological father has no legal right to custody or visitation – even when both parties agree to an Affidavit of Parentage. In fact, according to Michigan law, the affidavit creates a presumption that the mother has sole custody. Without an order by the court, the father has no rights. At the same time, without a court order establishing paternity, the father is under no obligation to pay child support.

How is Paternity Proved?

In the traditional sense, whenever a woman has a child while married, her husband is automatically assumed to be the father. However, if the mother has been divorced or widowed for less than ten months, whoever her husband was at the time of conception is considered the father. An exception to both of these rules is when the court issues a judgment stating otherwise.

When a child is born and the mother was unmarried at the time of the conception or birth, paternity must be established. This can be done either voluntarily or by court order. If both parents sign a Voluntary Affidavit of Parentage, then those signing the order are considered to be the child’s legal parents.

If one party refuses to sign an affidavit, paternity can be established by court action. Either the mother or father can file a paternity action with the court. The court will typically order blood tests be taken – the results of which will be used to establish paternity.

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Jannelle J. Zawaideh – Your Michigan Paternity Attorney

As a father, without a Michigan Paternity Lawyer you have no rights to your child. This means the child’s mother – who is presumed to have custody – has no legal obligation to give you shared custody or even quality time to spend with your kid. As a single mother, without a Michigan Paternity Lawyer you have no right to collect child support from the kid’s biological father.

So why exactly do you need a Michigan Paternity Attorney? The intricate evidentiary requirements needed to prove paternity are simply too complex and specialized for you to go it alone. But, with a Michigan Paternity Attorney at your side, you can rest assured the court will receive only the evidence pertinent to establishing your case.

The Law Offices of Jannelle J. Zawaideh specialize as Michigan Paternity Lawyers. They provide a highly personalized and attentive approach to the law only found at a small law office. With Jannelle J. Zawaideh as your Michigan Paternity Attorney, all factors will be fully investigated and thoroughly argued – ensuring your legal rights and interests are fully represented.

Call us today and schedule your FREE PHONE CONSULTATION. The first step in establishing paternity is to have your situation professionally analyzed by a Michigan Paternity Attorney. The Law Offices of Jannelle J. Zawaideh offer reasonable fees and payment plans and all major credit cards are accepted.

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