Promoting Your Child’s Best Interests Through Establishing Fatherhood
While society’s perspective on unmarried parents is more accepting than in the past, Virginia’s domestic relations judges still recognize that it is important for both parents to play a role in their child’s life. If you are an unmarried parent, establishing paternity will allow you to secure parenting rights or the child support that you deserve.
At Spencer Law PLLC, we realize that this family law matter can be a sensitive issue, which is why we will handle your concerns with the professionalism and discretion they deserve. Throughout Roanoke and the surrounding area, attorney Eric Spencer is recognized for his compassionate and skilled counsel.
Establishing Paternity Has Many Benefits
In Virginia, judges strive to support the child’s best interests. Establishing paternity is one of the first steps an unwed parent can take to meet this standard. Children benefit when they have a legal father listed on their birth certificate because this designation requires:
- Fathers to have regular contact with their child during custody or visitation sessions
- Fathers to financially support their children and provide access to the father’s health care benefits, life insurance and other benefits
Whether your child’s mother refuses to let you see your child or your child’s father refuses to pay child support, you will need to establish paternity to get a court order that resolves this issue.
Helping You Complete This Process
When you retain our firm, we will guide you through the legal process to establish fatherhood. We regularly assist mothers and fathers with these matters:
- Obtaining and submitting the “Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity” form. We will contact the necessary agency to obtain this form and ensure that it is correctly completed before filing it.
- Taking court action to obtain an order of paternity if the child’s father challenges paternity. Attorney Spencer has represented clients in court for over 40 years, so he understands the litigation process and knows how to create compelling arguments before judges.
For years, Roanoke families have gained from our honest advice on difficult family law issues. We invite you to consult with our lawyer today.