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Oregon Paternity Lawyers and Attorneys
Legally, the unwed father of a child has no established rights at law until his paternity is established. The right to see a child’s medical records, talk to teachers, go to parent-teacher conferences – these are all parental rights. Additionally, until paternity has been established, an unwed father is unable to have an enforceable parenting schedule with their child. On the other side, a mother cannot obtain court-enforced child support from a father whose paternity has not been legally established. The paternity of the child of a married couple is presumed to be that of the father.
Until the relatively new development of DNA testing, definitively establishing paternity was a difficult process. It is now a relatively fast, inexpensive scientific process using blood tests. In the alternative, a sworn statement using a “paternity affidavit” can be used. Depending on whether the parents are working together to establish custody, different legal procedures may apply. It is important that you get solid legal advice to assist with the establishment of paternity in the fastest manner possible.
What To Expect In Your Consultation With An Oregon Paternity Lawyer
As a service to clients, we meet with all potential clients in person, preferably with two attorneys, for the first consultation. This allows us to determine which lawyer is best-suited for any given case, based on the subject matter and the client’s personality. In addition to the client getting two-for-the-price-of-one, this allows both lawyers to meet potential clients and hear the background of each case. Although ultimately only one lawyer will handle the case, the other will then know the basics of each case and can answer questions when a client calls. We offer this initial consultation for a flat-fee of $100.00.
When starting the process for finding a lawyer, potential clients often ask “who is the best Oregon lawyer for paternity issues” or the “who is the best paternity lawyer in Portland?” The answer is: the attorney who gets the results you need. Like the rest of family law, there is not one-size-fits-all when it comes to selecting an Oregon paternity lawyer. The best attorney for you is the one who listens to your circumstances, provides solid legal advice, and facilitates and achieves your goals. Contact one of our Portland, Oregon paternity lawyers today to set up a consultation.
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