In the state of Arizona, establishing paternity means establishing who is the legal father for a child born out of wedlock. According to Arizona law, a man is presumed to be the father of a child if:
This process is essential for fathers (even if your name is on the birth certificate), because until the Court finds that the biological father is the legal father, the father has no legally enforceable right to pursue custody of the child, make decisions for the child (such as what school they should attend, or decisions for medical treatment) or even see the child without the mother’s consent. Until legal paternity is established, the mother can make all major decisions for the child without input from the father, withhold the child from the father as she sees fit without any legal recourse and may even be able to travel and take the child out of state or out of the country without the father’s consent.
So, how can paternity be established?
Follow our blog every Friday of this month at www.oplaw.com as we discuss the mother’s rights in a paternity proceeding, the Putative Father Registry, and how to obtain, rescind, and challenge a Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity.
If you find yourself or a loved one in need of establishing paternity and you would like to work with one of our experienced Attorneys, please call OWENS & PERKINS at 480.630.2464 to schedule your free 30 minute consultation.