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Establishing Parental Rights in Michigan

At The Wealthy Street Law Firm, we recognize the significance of family matters, including those related to paternity. Our experienced team of attorneys is here to provide unwavering support and expert guidance to individuals seeking to establish paternity in Michigan. We understand that paternity issues can be complex and emotionally charged, and we are dedicated to helping you navigate the legal landscape with compassion and expertise. 


Call The Wealthy Street Law Firm today at (616) 202-3988 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with our paternity attorney in Grand Rapids!


What is Paternity?

Paternity refers to legally recognizing a father's relationship with his child. Establishing paternity is an essential step to secure the rights and responsibilities that come with being a parent. This recognition is crucial for both the child and the father, as it paves the way for various legal rights and benefits, including child custody, visitation, and child support.

In Michigan, paternity can be established in a few different ways, and our team at The Wealthy Street Law Firm is well-versed in these methods, ensuring that we can assist you most appropriately.

Establishing Paternity in Michigan

In Grand Rapids, as in the rest of Michigan, paternity can be established through the following methods:

  • Marriage: If the child is born to a married couple, the law presumes the husband to be the legal father. However, it is still recommended to establish paternity legally to avoid any potential disputes down the road.
  • Voluntary Acknowledgment: Unmarried parents can sign an Affidavit of Parentage, which legally establishes paternity. This document can be signed at the hospital after the child's birth or at the local vital records office. It is a simple and cost-effective method to establish paternity.
  • Court Order: In situations with a paternity dispute, one can seek a court order to establish paternity. This typically involves genetic testing, which the court orders.

At The Wealthy Street Law Firm, our experienced paternity attorneys can assist you in navigating these legal processes. Whether you seek to voluntarily acknowledge paternity or require legal support to establish paternity through a court order, we have the expertise and dedication to guide you through each step.

How Long Does a Father Have to Establish Paternity?

It is essential to be aware of the time constraints associated with paternity in Michigan. Establishing paternity promptly is highly recommended, as it ensures that both the father and the child can begin enjoying the rights and benefits associated with legal recognition of paternity. In Michigan, there is no strict time limit for establishing paternity. However, the sooner you address paternity, the better it is for all parties involved.

For unmarried parents, we encourage you to consider voluntary acknowledgment as soon as possible. This can be done at the hospital immediately after the child's birth or later at the local vital records office. The sooner you complete this process, the earlier you can access the legal rights and responsibilities of paternity.

In cases where paternity is disputed, there may not be a specific time frame for resolution, but addressing the matter promptly is advisable. Seeking a court order for paternity can help clarify the situation, especially if there are concerns or uncertainties regarding a child's parentage. Our legal team at The Wealthy Street Law Firm is here to guide you through this process efficiently and effectively, ensuring that your rights and the child's best interests are protected.

Contact Our Grand Rapids Paternity Attorney Today

Establishing paternity in Michigan is a critical legal process that can impact the rights and responsibilities of both fathers and children. At The Wealthy Street Law Firm, our experienced paternity lawyers are dedicated to helping you navigate the complexities of paternity issues with compassion and expertise.

Whether you seek to acknowledge paternity voluntarily or need to address a disputed paternity situation through the court system, we are here to support you at every step. Time is of the essence, and we encourage you to take the necessary steps promptly to secure your legal rights and ensure the best interests of the child.


Contact The Wealthy Street Law Firm today to schedule a consultation with our paternity lawyer in Grand Rapids!


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