According to reports, reality TV star Rob Kardashian of Rob & Chyna fame isn’t convinced that he’s the rightful father of his 2-month-old daughter. According to those same reports, Rob may have reason to be suspicious because there is photo evidence that his fiancée, Blac Chyna, cheated on him.
In this issue, we’ll talk about paternity laws in California.
Paternity at a Glance
Under California law, establishing paternity essentially means that either the parents of a child or the court has determined who a child’s father is. There are a few instances in which the identity of the father is assumed, including:
- When a child is born during a marriage
- When a child is born to a non-married couple who are registered as domestic partners
It’s important to note that if the parents are not married and also not registered as domestic partners, those who wish can sign a Voluntary Declaration of Paternity at the hospital where the child was born or afterwards.
Why Determining Paternity Is So Important
With fatherhood comes enormous responsibilities. The financial responsibilities alone must be shouldered until the child turns 18.
There have been instances in the past of men having to defend themselves even though they were not the father of the child in question. Likewise, there have also been numerous cases where men who did not know they were fathers later embraced the opportunity to raise a child.
That’s why it’s imperative that you have legal representation in understanding what’s required in paternity situations.
When Paternity Tests Are Ordered by Law
There are two situations that would require a man submit to paternity testing.
- The mother gets help from the Department of Child Support Services (DCSS), which has the legal authority to bring action for the establishment of paternity
- The mother can go to Family Court to request legal action that would compel a would-be father to undergo genetic testing
Unsure if You’re The Father? Call The Men’s Legal Center
If you’re a man facing the prospect of being identified as the father of a child but you have doubts, you definitely should not agree to taking on those enormous responsibilities without proof.
Get in touch with us here at The Men’s Legal Center so that you know you’re aware of all of your legal rights.
Our number is 619-234-3838 or you can reach us by email.