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Fort Wayne Paternity Lawyer

Indiana Paternity Attorney Helping Fathers Assert Custody & Visitation Rights

Paternity comes into play in many different areas of the law, from estate planning to child custody. When an unmarried couple has a child or when the parents are divorced, steps must be taken to protect parental rights.

At The Law Office of Jon J. Olinger, LLC, we help mothers and fathers establish paternity under a wide range of circumstances. Whether you are seeking support from the father of your child or you are the father seeking custody, we are prepared to work in your best interests.

Our legal professionals have experience and success in establishing paternity, call us at (888) 488-4005. We offer $50 case consultations to clients throughout Allen County.

Establishing Paternity in Fort Wayne, IN

Legally establishing paternity is in the best interests of every party involved, as it gives both the mother and the father rights and responsibilities.

If the identity of the child's father is brought into question, it can complicate the case. We are experienced in guiding our clients through the somewhat complex process of establishing paternity, ensuring you understand both your rights and your responsibilities.

Reasons to Establish Paternity

Establishing paternity can be beneficial in many ways, including:

  • Visitation
  • Child custody rights
  • Allows the child a relationship with both parents
  • The child will be able to claim insurance benefits or inheritances
  • Giving the mother financial help in the form of child support

How Long Does a Father Have to Establish Paternity in Indiana?

Normally, filing for paternity must happen within two years of the child’s birth. However, there are some exceptions. A child may have a deadline until 20 years old to file a paternity case. If the child happens to receive public benefits, the office of family and children can file before 19 years of age. Depending on your individual circumstances, you may be eligible for more exceptions. Contact our attorney today to learn more.

How is Paternity Established in Indiana?

By law, a man is assumed to be the legal father of a child if:

  • He is married to the mother of the child upon birth
  • The child was born within 300 days of the ended marriage

If these two requirements are not met, then paternity must be established through the following:

  • A paternity affidavit, or
  • A court order

A paternity affidavit is essentially a legal document that declares the man as the biological father. The second way to establish paternity is through a court order. This will generally be done through the agreement of each party, genetic testing, or through evidence presented to the court.

Helping Fathers File for Paternity

When it comes to matters of paternity, there's no room to make mistakes or waste time. At The Law Office of Jon J. Olinger, LLC, we have the knowledge and experience required to handle even the most complex paternity issue. Whether you are a father seeking parental rights or a mother looking to establish paternity, our Fort Wayne family lawyer and legal team can help. Your child should have financial support and if possible, a relationship with both parents.

To learn more about how we can help with your case, call us at (888) 488-4005 or contact us online. We can offer you a $50 consultation.

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Get started with a $50 initial consultation today. See how attorney Olinger can help you.

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