What Does It Mean To Be The Legal Father Of A Child?

In just one short word "paternity" refers to a broad range of legal rights, responsibilities and issues. Parents with an interest in paternity law may be a:

  • Mother. Mothers who need paternity law legal help may wish to establish the paternity of their child in order to file for and receive needed child support payments.
  • Father. Fathers who need paternity law legal help may wish to begin the legal process of proving fatherhood of a child. Fathers may also wish to contest paternity.

At the Harrisburg law firm of Shaffer & Engle Law Offices, LLC our lawyer team has provided experienced and caring paternity law legal help to hundreds of parents and alleged parents in central Pennsylvania. If you have questions regarding paternity law or need effective legal help in resolving a paternity law legal issue, we can provide affordable, timely help.

Do you need paternity law legal help, either as a mother or as a father? Contact Shaffer & Engle Law Offices, LLC at 717-827-4074.

Testing Proves Paternity

Paternity actions most often result when there is confusion or questions regarding the identity of a child's father. Fatherhood questions are usually answered via a DNA test, commonly referred to as a "blood test" or "genetic test."

Fathers can submit voluntarily to a DNA test to establish paternity, and mothers can compel alleged fathers to submit to a DNA test to establish paternity, which can then lead to an entry of a child support payment order.

Other areas and issues related to paternity law include birth certificates, estoppel actions and acknowledgments of paternity. For experienced legal help in pursuing your paternity law legal rights, contact our firm for a no-charge discussion.

Contact Us

If you have questions regarding paternity law, contact the Harrisburg law firm of Shaffer & Engle Law Offices, LLC. We accept credit cards, are available for evening and weekend appointments and operate two offices for your convenience. To contact an attorney, call 717-827-4074.