How Paternity Is Established In California
There are a couple of ways to establish paternity, with the most basic being a presumption of fatherhood. If a child is born during marriage, it is presumed the husband is the father of the child. Aside from this presumption, the other ways to establish paternity are:
- By taking a blood test
- By acknowledgment, in which each parent signs a document acknowledging their parentage
- By public perception, which happens when a man presents a child as his own in public and claims fatherhood to third parties
- By including the father’s name on the birth certificate
If there is no agreement, or the parties are not married when the child is born, and a question of paternity arises, court intervention could become necessary. Attorney Drummond McCunn in Granite Bay has handled over 1,600 cases. He can help parents like you to navigate these matters in order to achieve an outcome that benefits your children.