A "Petition to Establish a Parental Relationship" arises when two unmarried persons are asking the court to determine who the legal parents to a certain minor child or to certain minor children are. The parties in the action are generally the unwed mother and father. Similar to a dissolution case, a Paternity Action may be just an umbrella under which all other legal issues stand. For instance, the person filing the action and the person responding may not dispute the parents, but rather the parties may be seeking to establish custody, visitation and child support orders. However, this is not always the case. Surprisingly, non-biologically related persons can petition the court to be named a “legal parent” and can seek the other orders available. One way for a person to establish parentage, or get a court order stating he or she is the legal parent, is to file a Petition to Establish a Parental Relationship and met certain requirements for this order. A person can be a presumed parent and there can be more than one person claiming to be a “presumed parent.” Obtaining solid legal advice when fighting for a determination of parentage can be the difference between losing rights to a child and becoming a legal parent. It can be the difference between seeing your child or losing them.
The attorneys at the Law Office of Taylor B. Warner, APLC have handled the most simple paternity actions to complex actions, dealing with arguing for a presumed parent. Call the Law Offices of Taylor B. Warner now at 909-466-5575 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your matter. We help clients throughout the Inland Empire facing a wide variety of family legal matters and can provide you with all of the facts & information and discuss your options and potential strategy based on your circumstances and unique situation.