In Michigan, paternity is defined as the quality or state of being a father and is used to establish a child’s legal father. Michigan laws are constantly changing to further protect the rights of Michigan residents as can be illustrated by the recently enacted Revocation of Paternity Act. Protect yourself by choosing an attorney who is well-versed in these and other changes that can impact your paternity case.
If you are seeking a paternity determination — or being asked to submit to a paternity test — the attorneys at Collis & Griffor PC can help you through the process and ensure that your rights are upheld.
Establishing Paternity In Michigan
At Collis & Griffor PC, our lawyers assist clients in Ann Arbor and the surrounding areas with a variety of paternity issues, including those involving:
- Proving paternity in Michigan — A request to establish paternity can be by a mother, father or child. Paternity tests can be done by swab test or DNA genetic identity.
- Acknowledging paternity in Michigan — Parents can acknowledge paternity voluntarily in a number of locations beginning at the hospital at birth. The father’s name may be added to the birth record of the child for free up until the time the certificate is filed by the hospital. Paternity can also be acknowledged by a parent voluntarily at the local county registrar’s office, at the Department of Human Services office by way of a notarized affidavit of parentage form.
- Unknown father — If attempting to pursue a child support case and the father is unknown, the petitioner will be required to provide information on all possible fathers. Furthermore, if the person attempting to pursue child support is on public assistance and refuses to provide information about fathers, their assistance may be reduced or even cancelled.
Paternity Attorneys In Washtenaw And Wayne Counties
Establishing paternity is more than just having the child’s father named on a birth certificate. There are many rights and benefits for the mother, the father and the child that come with a determination of paternity.
If you are looking for an experienced paternity attorney, call Collis & Griffor PC today at 734-827-1337, or contact us online to set up an appointment for a consultation. We primarily serve the cities of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, and the counties of Washtenaw and Wayne.