Paternity

Paternity Attorneys in Grand Rapids and Serving All of West Michigan

A Paternity action in Michigan may be started by the father or the mother of the child.  If the mother was on Medicaid during the birth of the child or the mother and child are receiving public assistance (food or cash), then the state will pursuit a paternity action on behalf of the mother.

In Michigan, paternity can be established in three ways: assumed to be the husband if the wife is married, signing and filing of an Affidavit of Parentage or by court action.

Although the signing an Affidavit of Parentage gives to unmarried parents the same status as a child born to married parents, the Affidavit specifies that custody of the child is with the mother, leaving the father no right to custody or parenting time with the child.

In 2012, the Public Act 159 in Michigan gave additional paternity rights to biological fathers.  Previously, if a mother was married to another man or filed an inaccurate Affidavit of Parentage, even though the biological father could be proven by DNA testing, he was not allowed to pursuit any paternity actions for involvement with his child. This Act has given additional rights to biological fathers; however, it limited the filing time for actions to three years from the birth of the child, or one year from the signing of an Order of Filiation, whichever is later.

Because so much is at stake in a paternity action, it is important to have an experienced Michigan paternity lawyer by your side. Whether you are seeking support or being sued for support based on paternity test results, you need an experienced Michigan paternity attorney to protect your rights and see that you are treated fairly. The Law Offices of Kelly G Lambert III, P.C. will see to it that the process is executed honestly and within the guidelines of Michigan paternity laws, whether you have been served with a paternity suit in Michigan, or you need to file a lawsuit to establish paternity in Michigan.