Calabasas Paternity Lawyers
Facing a Paternity Issue? Our Paternity Attorneys in Los Angeles & Ventura County Can Fight for Your Rights.
Whether you're a mother or a prospective father, filing a paternity action can enable you to establish parental rights for a father and obtain support for a child in need. However, paternity cases can be difficult to navigate, especially when one party refuses to work with the other.
At Feinberg & Waller, APC, paternity lawyers help clients resolve paternity actions amicably and efficiently.
Understanding Paternity in California
When a child is born in California to unmarried parents, they can choose to file a Voluntary Declaration of Paternity Form either at the hospital or post-birth. If both parents agree on paternity, filing this form enables the father to gain parental rights and puts their name on the child's birth certificate.
Signing a Voluntary Declaration of Paternity prevents the father from pursuing actions that allow them to contest paternity, such as requesting a paternal DNA test. Generally, it's an option used by fathers who aren't married to the mother of their child but are certain of paternity and want to obtain parental rights.
If a mother or father wishes to establish paternity, but the other party disagrees on the validity of their parental status, they can file a paternity action with a California court.
You can file a paternity order in one of two ways:
- Through California Child Support Services (LCSA). If you work with LCSA, they'll collaborate with the court to help establish or disprove an individual's paternal status using tools such as DNA testing.
- Through a personal attorney. The LCSA often has a long wait-time for paternity orders. If you want to resolve your case more quickly, you can hire a paternity lawyer to represent you and file a paternity order with the court.
How Do Paternity Cases Work in CA?
Assuming you use a paternity attorney near you to file your paternity order, you will need to take the following steps:
- File a Petition with the court and serve the other party with a court summons. This involves providing the court with paperwork about the child, each party's relationship to them, and potential evidence of paternity as well as information about custody and support arrangements.
- Attend a pretrial hearing. After receiving the Petition, the court will examine the case and decide whether to proceed.
- Undergo genetic testing. If the court does decide to proceed with the case, but one party fails to accept the paternity order, it can request a DNA test from the father, mother, and child. If the test confirms paternity, the court will instate paternity for the father and put them on the child's birth certificate. The court may consider a refusal of genetic testing as evidence of paternity.
Frequently, individuals file paternity orders when they find themselves caring for a child and wish to obtain additional support from the other parent.
Establishing paternity allows a child's custodial parent (who they live with) to:
- File for child support, obtaining financial support to help their child;
- Obtain assistance paying for health insurance for the child;
- Establish custody or visitation rights for the child's other parent.
Whether you're a mother or a father, establishing paternity can enable your child to receive additional support and live a happier, healthier life.
At Feinberg & Waller, APC, our Calabasas paternity lawyers more than a decade of experience representing parties on both sides of paternity cases. We can help you establish paternity for your child or defend you against an unjustified paternity order.
Certified Family Law Specialists
We have three certified family law specialists on our team. A certified family law specialist must pass a rigorous exam, fulfill mandated ongoing educational requirements, been favorably evaluated by peer review, and show at least a five-year focus and proficiency in family law.
At Feinberg & Waller, APC all the attorneys attend monthly team performance strategic planning sessions to execute and deploy tactical case management objectives. Clients receive added value as they are never charged for more than two of the attorneys during these meetings yet the entire team brainstorms on each matter within the firm.
Role of the General Counsel
The office of Feinberg & Waller, APC has a general counsel whose role is to focus on law firm management, corporate governance, and business policy. The litigation attorneys are then able to focus on your matter rather than having to concentrate on running the business aspect of a law firm.
Outstanding National and International Reputation
Firm shareholder, Marshall Waller is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He is also a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers. Fellows are recognized as having advanced skills in family law and are recognized leaders in the field.
Our Intake Process helps us determine if we can handle your matter while managing the needs of our existing clients.
Our Case Intake manager will ask you basic questions. Feinberg & Waller, APC limits the number of cases we accept because we’ve found that selectivity advances our commitment to excellence.
After the intake process, we run a conflict check to make sure we have not spoken with the other party in your matter in the past. If we determine that there is no conflict, our case intake manager will go over the range in fees , from our Paralegals at $195/hr, to our Associate Attorneys starting at $250/hr, and our Certified Family Law Specialists (CFLS) starting at $395/hr.
We will schedule your consultation with one of Feinberg & Waller, APC Certified Family Law Specialists. A CFLS has gone through a rigorous process of proven qualifications. If you find yourself in the position where you need to speak to an attorney immediately, you may schedule an initial consultation with Marshall Waller through our "Schedule Consultation" links.