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Pennsylvania Paternity Laws

Are you a Pennsylvania father that wants to confirm your paternity, so that you can establish a legal relationship with your child through a custody order? Are you an Allegheny County or Western PA mother that needs to establish paternity of your child so that you can receive child support payments

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If you have a question about paternity, call Taybron Law Firm, LLC, at (412) 231-9786 or toll-free at 1-844-VARI-LAW (1-844-827-4529) to schedule an appointment. Our lawyers are experienced in establishing paternity or confirming the lack of parentage through DNA testing so that child support and child custody actions can be processed through the family courts.

Establishing Paternity in Allegheny County and Surrounding Areas

In Pennsylvania, if an alleged father acknowledges paternity by his actions or in a written document, it is sometimes difficult to later challenge the paternity of the minor child. However, if the alleged father and mother of a minor child were never married, and in some limited circumstances even when the parents were married prior to the birth of a child, the alleged father may have the right to request paternity testing to confirm parentage. If paternity of a child is not certain, our Pittsburgh paternity attorneys recommend DNA testing prior to any type of acknowledgment of paternity of a minor child.

Use of Dna Testing in Pa Family Court Cases

DNA testing is often used to confirm parenthood. DNA testing may be performed by utilizing blood samples, by swabbing the interior of a person’s mouth for cells, or by other methods. Once paternity is acknowledged by the alleged father or if it is established by DNA testing or otherwise, the Pennsylvania family courts will enter a child support order if the parents were never married or if they are separated or divorced. In addition to child support actions, the parentage of a child must be established prior to the entry of a custody order.

Paternity By Fraud Cases In PA

There has been a growing number of cases involving paternity by fraud. Paternity by fraud is a situation where the mother of a child falsely leads a man into believing that he is the biological father of a child when he is not. This situation can occur in married couples as well as unmarried individuals. Depending upon the situation, the purported father may have the right to compel paternity testing by the family court and be able to be relieved from any child support obligation if he is not the true biological father. The decision whether to compel paternity testing in a potential fraud case is a difficult one to make. The purported father should consider the impact upon the minor child if paternity confirms that he is not the biological father and the fact that eliminating the obligation for support may also trigger eliminating any custody rights.

Meet Our Skilled Paternity Attorneys in PA

Attorney Lisa Marie Vari has an extensive knowledge of the legal and scientific processes involved in challenging paternity in child support cases. She is probably one of the few attorneys in the state that has experience in over thirty paternity trials including expert witness testimony from a DNA expert and experience witnessing many more cases that settled prior to trial. This knowledge was gained when Attorney Vari was employed by the Administrative Judge for the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County and assisted the Judge in all of his assigned paternity pre-trial conferences and hearings.

Get Help from Taybron Law Firm, LLC

Email us to learn how our Pennsylvania paternity attorneys can help you, or call us today at one of the following numbers:

Pittsburgh Allegheny County – (412) 231-9786

Canonsburg Washington County – 724-436-5500

Cranberry Township Butler County, PA – 724-776-9906

Toll-free at 1-844-827-4529 (1-844-VARI-LAW)

Consultations may also be available in other meeting locations throughout Pennsylvania upon advance arrangements with our office. Ask the secretary scheduling your appointment for details including appointment locations.

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Learn more about our firm and why you should entrust our experienced legal team to handle your family law matters.

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