Establishing Paternity/Parentage

When a relationship breaks down, but you were never married, the process to establish parentage has an added step. A Declaration of Paternity may or may not have been signed. You need skilled legal counsel to protect your relationship with a child or children.

Mansouri Law Offices have been helping Los Angeles parents for more than 15 years with just child custody, visitation and child support issues. Our founding attorney Pedram Mansouri is a Certified Family Law Specialist who understands that there is nothing more important than your children. We can assist to establish a workable California parenting plan and child support award that will protect and promote your child(ren)'s best interests.

How To Establish Paternity/Parentage

For parents who were unmarried at the birth of their child, there are several ways to establish paternity/parentage. Signing a voluntary Declaration of Paternity is one. A court order after genetic testing may be required when there is disagreement.

For an unmarried father, establishing legal parentage is necessary before getting to issues of custody, visitation and child support. Depending on the facts of a case these matters are often heard as part of the same case.

If you are an unmarried mother, you may worry about how you will continue to cover private school tuition or pay a mortgage. Both parents are obligated to provide support to children under California law, but it is essential to seek legal help to get a fair award and/or enforce an existing order.

Protect Your Future Relationship With Your Child

When you work with the Mansouri Law Offices, you will receive a free and confidential initial consultation with tailored advice, prompt responses when questions arise, status updates as your case proceeds and personal attention from our founding lawyer. Basically, you can count on us to protect your right to have a relationship with your child.

Often we can reach a positive outcome that meets your child custody and child support goals. When necessary, however, we have the experience to aggressively protect your rights in court.

Contact us via email to schedule a free and confidential consultation with and experienced and dedicated family law attorney. A call to our Beverly Hills offices at 310-853-1006 is another way to set up a meeting.