Paternity Action & DNA Testing
Unlike a divorce proceeding, a paternity case can only deal with a limited number of issues. For instance, a paternity case cannot address any issues of property division.
There is also a residency requirement in a paternity action. In a divorce case, one of the parties must live in the state of California for at least six months and within the county for at least three months before they can file a divorce. In a paternity action, a party can file immediately, without having to live in either the state of California or the county for a certain amount of time.
By filing a paternity action, each parent has a right to conduct a non-invasive paternity test via oral swab (DNA Test). If the paternity test results in a genetic match, either parent can seek to obtain a judgment of paternity. Upon the entry of a paternity judgment both parents have legal right to request child custody, visitation and support orders. From here the battle will be to establish custody and visitation order, which sometimes can take a couple of court hearings and a mandatory mediation.
If you will like to establish paternity and/or request a DNA test give us a call for a confidential and free 20 minute consultation
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