One of the most contentious issues that can arise within the realm of California family law is that of paternity, especially when that paternity is contested or when it’s proactively hidden. One of the latest issues to arise that involves former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and his confessed love child of his former housekeeper involves what was allegedly done with the birth certificate of the child.
According to the ex-husband of the housekeeper, the child’s mother knew that the former governor was the father of the child when he was born almost 14 years ago. However, the housekeeper’s former husband was entered on the birth certificate as the father. He and the mother of the child separated mere weeks after the child was born, and they eventually got divorced several years later. The ex-husband has stated that he plans to sue because of the misinformation entered on the birth certificate.
In California, there is a presumption of paternity that exists when a child is born to a mother who is married and living with a spouse. That assumption basically states that the male spouse is presumed to be the father of the child absent some challenge by the father. However, conspiring to falsify public documents is a serious crime in California, and that’s what’s being alleged in this situation.
San Diego Paternity Rights Lawyers
As can be seen, any issue involving paternity can turn into a disaster for anyone who happens to be involved in the situation. The child pays a heavy price regardless, but the alleged father can face years of financial liability if he is named as the father and even face criminal liability in certain rare circumstances.
Rather than attempting to handle this situation alone, any man who is facing a paternity issue should immediately seek the help of San Diego paternity lawyers to make sure that his legal rights are being properly enforced and that the proper procedures are being completed before a final paternity determination is made. Contact the Men’s Legal Center today to schedule an initial consultation.