Experienced Paternity Attorneys in Santa Monica, California

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At Fernandez & Karney, our Santa Monica family law attorneys have represented individuals and families throughout California in establishing paternity for their children for decades.

That includes unmarried parents seeking to establish or dispute paternity, mothers seeking child support, fathers seeking parental rights, individuals involved in paternity disputes, grandparents, relatives, and those involved in adoption or surrogacy cases.

Legal experience is essential to navigating the complexities of paternity laws, securing rights, and ensuring the child’s best interests are met. This is why we are here.

Our firm’s size and legal infrastructure are not just about managing cases. They are about efficiently managing your case, thus minimizing the cost and time associated with even the most complex legal disputes. With knowledgeable attorneys boasting over 120 years of combined legal experience, we are highly experienced in dealing with every aspect of California family law, giving you the confidence that your case is in capable hands. Our unique approach to each case sets us apart, tailored to your specific needs and circumstances.

Contact our Los Angeles County paternity lawyers today to learn how we can help with your critical family law case so you can confidently move forward.

Understanding the Santa Monica Paternity Law

How Can the Santa Monica Paternity Attorneys at Fernandez & Karney Help With My Case?

Our paternity attorneys in Santa Monica can be essential for various individuals and circumstances to help protect their rights during these critical family law cases.

That includes our California clients who are:

Unmarried Parents

  • Establishing Legal Paternity: Unmarried mothers or fathers who need to establish legal paternity for their child to secure parental rights and responsibilities.
  • Child Support: Mothers seeking child support from a non-marital father or fathers seeking to establish paternity to request child support from the mother.
  • Custody and Visitation: Fathers seeking custody or visitation rights must establish legal paternity to secure these rights.
  • Active Involvement: Fathers wishing to be actively involved in their child’s life, including making decisions about their education, health care, and welfare.

Fathers Denying Paternity             

  • Contesting Paternity: Men who are alleged to be the father of a child and believe they are not the biological parent can use a paternity attorney to contest paternity claims and avoid unjust financial responsibilities.
  • Genetic Testing: Men who require assistance arranging genetic testing to prove or disprove paternity claims.

Disputes Over Paternity

  • Disputing Legal Presumptions: Individuals contesting paternity in situations with a presumption of paternity, such as when a child is born during a marriage.
  • Correcting Birth Certificates: Parents needing legal assistance to add or remove a father’s name from the child’s birth certificate based on genetic testing results.

Grandparents and Other Relatives

  • Rights and Responsibilities: Grandparents or other relatives seek to establish or dispute paternity to gain custody or visitation rights, especially when parents cannot care for the child.

Adoption and Surrogacy Cases

  • Legal Clarity: Individuals involved in adoption or surrogacy cases who need to establish or terminate paternity to clear the way for adoption or legal parentage transfers.

Social and Legal Benefits

  • Securing Benefits: Parents seeking to establish paternity to secure benefits for their child, such as health insurance, social security, inheritance rights, and other financial benefits.

Inheritance Rights

  • Estate Planning: Children or parents establishing paternity to secure inheritance rights or resolve issues related to a deceased parent’s estate.

Anyone needing legal guidance and representation to navigate the complex process of establishing or disputing paternity under California law should contact our dedicated Santa Monica family lawyers for help today to ensure their rights and interests are protected.


Contact Our Experienced Santa Monica Paternity Lawyers Today

If you seek to establish paternity in California, speak with a dedicated family law attorney in Santa Monica at Fernandez & Karney as soon as possible.

Our law firm founder and managing partner Steven Fernandez is a Certified Family Law Specialists by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization.

You do not have to be burdened by the unknown. Let Fernandez & Karney shoulder your concerns and legal issues so you can confidently move forward.