Establishing Paternity in Arizona Brings with it Plenty of Frequently
Asked Questions, According to Corso & Rhude
Establishing paternity in Arizona is a complicated process that requires
an experienced family law attorney, according to the Arizona family law
attorneys at Scottsdale-based Corso & Rhude.
Scottsdale, AZ, January 16, 2013 -- Establishing paternity in Arizona is
a complicated process that requires an experienced family law attorney,
according to the Arizona family law attorneys at Scottsdale-based Corso &
In Arizona, the father of a child is financially responsible for the
child’s upbringing. Until the age of 18 or the child’s projected
graduation from high school (whichever comes last) both parents have a
financial responsibility to support the child.
Paternity is automatically established through marriage. At the time of a
child’s birth, the child is determined by law to be the husband’s natural
"Why is it important to establish paternity?"
Establishing paternity in Arizona is important for many reasons.
“Not only does legal paternity help to provide financial stability for a
child’s upbringing,” said John M. Rhude, Esq. of Corso & Rhude. “It also
establishes any rights to inheritance, as well as social security and
life insurance benefits.”
In addition to financial support, fathers who pay child support are also
statistically more likely to be an active part of their child’s life,
providing for emotional stability as well.
"Should I seek legal paternity of my child?"
For fathers, establishing paternity is also an important first step in
obtaining rights as the father of a child. Paternal fathers have legal
rights to a father-child relationship that may be granted when paternity
is legally acknowledged.
"How is paternity established when the mother is unwed?"
Arizona law allows paternity to be established for children of unwed
mothers in a number of ways: voluntary paternity, a paternity test
(genetic testing), or a court decision.
"How is voluntary paternity established?"
Voluntary paternity is established when the father and mother sign an
Affidavit of Paternity in front of a notary witness at the hospital at
the time of the child’s birth. This document is a legal acknowledgement
that the newborn is the natural child of the man who signs the affidavit.
"How is paternity established after the child’s birth?"
If the child’s paternity is not established at birth, it can be
established through genetic testing of the man and child. If the genetic
tests show at least a 95 percent probability that the man is the child’s
father, the man’s paternity is legally recognized.
"What if my child’s father refuses to take a paternity test?"
If the alleged father of a child refuses to submit to a paternity test,
the case will need to be heard in court.
“Given the evidence of the man’s paternity presented in court, such as
his past and/or present relationship to the mother and statements made as
to parentage, the court will file a formal decision that may or may not
establish legal paternity,” Rhude said.
Christopher P. Corso, Esq. of Corso & Rhude said the family law attorneys
at the Law Office of Corso & Rhude are available to put their experience
to work in court for Arizona families.
“We’re here to help guide you through this difficult process,” he said.
“The paternity process in Arizona can be complicated. We’re here to help
you through these tough times so you can get back to focusing on your
family and your life.”
To learn more about establishing paternity in Arizona, please visit
http://crfamilylaw.com/establishing-paternity-arizona/ or, for more
information on any family law issue, please visit http://crfamilylaw.com.
In addition to Arizona paternity cases, the experienced attorneys at
Corso & Rhude handle all types of Arizona family law cases, including
Arizona divorce issues such as child custody, child support, alimony
disputes, spousal support, hidden asset issues and visitation rights.
The experienced family law attorneys at Corso & Rhude serve clients
throughout Arizona, including the cities of Ahwatukee, Avondale, Buckeye,
Chandler, El Mirage, Gilbert, Glendale, Goodyear, Mesa, Peoria, Phoenix,
Scottsdale, Sun City, Surprise, Tempe, Tolleson and Youngtown.
To schedule a free consultation, please call (480) 471-4616. The Law
Office of Corso & Rhude, PLLC is located at 14500 N. Northsight Blvd.,
Suite 116 in Scottsdale, Arizona, 85260.
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