In many ways, family law cases can be more stressful than other types of legal case. These are the issues involving your children and your spouse. A family court judge can change your relationship with your children forever by terminating your parental rights or ruling on a new custody arrangement. One family law issue that can easily become contentious is paternity actions.
In Wisconsin, a child born to married parents is automatically both parents’ legal child. When the parents are not married, the father must establish himself as the child’s father in order to have the legal rights that accompany fatherhood.
Paternity actions in Wisconsin are handled by the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families. There are three ways for a father to establish his paternity in Wisconsin:
If you are not your child’s legal father, your relationship with your child is at the mother’s discretion. If she decides to sever your contact with the child for any reason, you have no grounds to challenge the decision if you have not established your paternity.
Establishing your paternity enables you to do the following:
As a parent, it is important that you have the legal tie to your child that establishing his or her paternity. For help with this process, work with an experienced family lawyer who can discuss your rights, your legal options, and the best way for you to proceed with your case with you. Contact our team of experienced Appleton divorce lawyers at Hammett, Bellin & Oswald, LLC today to set up your initial consultation in our office.