I am a former Panel Attorney for the Indigent Defendant Paternity Panel of the California Superior Court of Orange County. In that position, I gained the trust and respect of the Orange County Family Law Court with my knowledge and understanding of paternity law.
As a former attorney/assistant facilitator for The Superior Court of California, Orange County, I facilitated workshops to assist litigants gain proper access to our family law courts to establish a parent-child relationship for their children.
I am Michael Efron, and I have focused my entire career exclusively on the practice of family law. I have handled thousands of family law and paternity cases. I handle paternity issues for clients throughout Orange County, California.
I can help you answer your paternity questions and decide how to proceed. To schedule an initial consultation with my firm, call (714) 779-9800 or (949) 720-0117 or Contact my office online any time.
Everyone Benefits by Establishing Paternity
Without establishing paternity, the child’s father has no rights and no obligations toward the child. That means he does not have paternal rights such as custody and visitation, or the right to protest in case the mother wishes to move far away. For the mother, there is no basis for establishing child support payments without establishing paternity first.
In addition, there can be significant emotional, psychological and medical benefits to establishing paternity. Doctors may need to be able to access the father’s medical records to screen for potential genetic diseases. And there is no way to quantify the importance of a child knowing the identity of his or her father, or having both parents attend parent-teacher night at school.
Who Needs to Establish Paternity?
Whenever a child is born to a married couple, the state assumes that the mother’s husband is also the child’s father. As a result, you typically only need to establish paternity for a child that was born out of wedlock. This can be done either through genetic testing or by having the father sign a voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity form.
If you would like to schedule an initial consultation to discuss your legal matter with me, just call (714) 779-9800 or (949) 720-0117 or Contact my office online any time.