If a child is born out of wedlock to two single parents, the father must establish paternity before he has a claim for custody or visitation. The Law Office of Amanda Tood Daniels is here to help parents establish their legal rights so they may enjoy all the benefits that come with parenthood. A father may be denied access to his child and needs to retain a Tupelo Paternity Attorney. Alternatively, a father may be denying responsibility for his child and a mother may need to proceed against him to establish paternity. Amanda Daniels can assist a parent in all matters regarding paternity.
Paternity involves establishing the identity of a child’s biological father. A paternity action may be necessary for a number of situations:
- A mother needs to establish paternity in order to file and legally establish child support.
- A man who has been wrongly named as a child’s father and served with child support documents may need to prove he is not the father.
- A man who is the father of a child may need to prove paternity in order to establish custodial and visitation rights.
- A legal joint paternity/custodial agreement is desired for a same-sex couple.
Tupelo Paternity Attorney
At the Law Office of Amanda Todd Daniels, our goal is to determine your legal rights and help you navigate the court process for paternity. We will investigate the matter and run any necessary paternity tests. If the test results indicate legal action is needed to collect support or recover unfairly collected payments, our legal staff will walk you through the process, represent you, and protect your rights.
Our clients know that by coming to Amanda Todd Daniels they are gaining the expertise needed to resolve paternity issues. Call us today at (662) 678-8009 to discuss your needs and how we can help you successfully navigate this process.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- Q: What do I do if the father/mother refuses to take a paternity test?
- A: If a person refuses to take a paternity test that has been ordered by the court, it may result in legal consequences. Our team will help you pursue legal action.
- Q: How accurate is a DNA paternity test?
- A: Both the buccal cheek swab and blood test are extremely accurate (99.9%)
- Q: How long does it take to process a DNA paternity test?
- A: The test results are usually completed within 2-3 days of receiving the samples. There are expedited methods available if results are needed more quickly, such as for adding a name to the birth certificate.
- Q: How are samples collected?
- A: The most common method is called the buccal swab collection, where a special swab is rubbed on the inner cheek to remove cheek cells. These cells contain DNA which can be analyzed to determine the genetic profile of that person.
A blood sample can also be analyzed to determine a person’s genetic profile. Used primarily to determine paternity during pregnancy, this method is a non-invasive way to test paternity as the baby’s DNA is found naturally in the mother’s bloodstream.