When two unmarried people have a child together, they often want to make sure that both parents’ rights are protected. Other times, the two parties may disagree on how best to support and make decisions for their child. Either parent may file an action to establish paternity.
There are a number of different ways that paternity can be established and it is important that both parties understand how their rights and responsibilities will be affected by doing so. At Balisle Family Law Legal Counsel, S.C., our Madison family law attorneys work with unmarried parents to help them establish paternity for a variety of different reasons.
Establishing paternity allows families in complicated situations to make sure that their children are cared for, both during the course of the relationship and after that relationship has ended. Do you and the other parent of your child disagree about your respective parental rights or responsibilities? If the relationship has ended or if the parents never had a relationship to begin with, a paternity action can address the following issues:
A court can appoint a guardian ad litem to represent the best interests of the child or order genetic testing to confirm or deny paternity. We can help you resolve these important matters through settlement negotiations and in court, if necessary.
Our divorce lawyers have 45 years of combined experience representing both married and unmarried families in disputed paternity matters. At Balisle Family Law Legal Counsel, S.C., our Madison family lawyers have worked with many unmarried families with children to achieve fair solutions that fit their individual circumstances.
Feel free to contact us at (608) 765-1001 to discuss matters of paternity in Wisconsin.