Obtain Legal Documents for Paternity Prepared By Let Us Help Paralegals
Let Us Help is here to offer paternity-related legal document services for California families. Our paralegal team has worked since 1986 to assist families with paternity services, as well as other personal and family legal necessities.
What is Paternity?
Generally speaking, when a married couple has a child, the husband is considered the father. An unmarried couple that has a child can sign a Voluntary Declaration of Paternity before or after leaving the hospital to establish paternity.
However, there are cases where a Voluntary Declaration of Paternity has not been assigned, leaving legal parentage unestablished. In these situations, either parent can file a complaint or petition to establish a child’s paternity in court. Genetic testing may be needed for unmarried parents who cannot agree about paternity for their child or children.
Why Establish Paternity?
A child’s parentage must be legally established to attain child support, custody, or visitation orders. These items can be requested during a case that determines a child’s parentage.
The father must be established as the biological parent of the children in question before the following:
- The children can be granted the right to receive financial support from the father.
- The father is granted legal rights regarding the children, including visitation or participation in major decisions that involve the children.
Fees indicated below do not cover expenses related to filing, recording, or courier services.
Establishing Paternity Package
Starting at $469
Let Us Help’s Establishing Paternity package allows for the determination of the legal parents of a child if the parents were unmarried at the time of the child’s birth. This package addresses the establishment of parentage if a Voluntary Declaration of Paternity has not yet been signed and no other legal paternity has been established. Either parent can request this package. It is typically used to resolve issues concerning:
- Child custody
- Child support
- Parental visitation
- Name changes for children
- Dividing expenses associated with pregnancy and childbirth
Let Us Help paralegals are not able to assist in cases where the parents of the child are under 18 or if the child has not yet been born. If you need more media immediate assistance, please consider Let Us Help’s Order to Show Cause Package.
Response To Establishing Paternity Package
Starting at $349
Our Response to Establishing Paternity Package is for cases where an individual has been served with a Petition to Establish Parental Relationship. Your response indicates that you agree with the items in the Petition. This response is not applicable if the parents of the child are under 18, the child has not yet been born, or you disagree with the terms laid out in the Petition, and you want to contest them instead.
Our Response to Establishing Paternity Package includes the following forms:
- Response to Petition to Establish Parental Relationship
- Declaration Under Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Enforcement Act
- Proof of Service by Mail
- Income and Expense Declaration (may not always be required)
If you do not file a response, the Court is allowed to make orders regarding child custody, child support, and visitation based solely on the terms laid out in the Petition to Establish Parental Relationship.
Let Us Help paralegals are prepared to assist you with legal documents to establish paternity for your children in California. Call our team today at 877-490-0068 for more information about paternity document services or to get a quote for the legal papers you need prepared.