Establishing Paternity In Indiana
When a child is born to a married couple, the husband is legally presumed to be the father. When the parents are unmarried, however, a paternity action is required to determine the biological father’s identity.
At Terry & Gookins, LLC, our attorneys have extensive experience handling family law issues, including paternity actions, for clients in Carmel and throughout the Indianapolis metro area. We can provide you with the strategies, solutions and answers you need for this sensitive legal matter.
The Importance Of Establishing Paternity
Paternity actions may be necessary for a variety of reasons. Commonly, paternity actions are sought by:
- Unmarried mothers seeking child support
- Unmarried fathers seeking visitation and other parental rights and responsibilities
Establishing paternity fulfills a number of important objectives. With the father legally identified, the child now has two parents to provide care and support. The child may also enjoy certain public benefits that were not otherwise available to him or her, such as Social Security and veteran’s benefits. In addition, the child is eligible for coverage under the father’s health insurance policy. Whatever side of this issue you are on, our attorneys are here to guide you through all aspects of the process of establishing paternity in Indiana.