Paternity: An Overview
When a child is born outside of marriage in Louisiana, it is often essential to lawfully establish the identity of his or her biological father. Establishing paternity is the only way for an unmarried father to gain any legal, enforceable rights regarding his child. It is the only way for an unmarried mother to obtain a child support order. Finally, it may be necessary for your child to receive critical financial benefits, such as Social Security Disability or veterans benefits.
If you work with Friley & Dugas, LLC, you can rest assured you are getting an experienced, dedicated attorney who has spent years helping Baton Rouge-area fathers resolve paternity issues.
Efficient Action For Unmarried Parents
If you are a man in the Baton Rouge area seeking a definitive answer about your relationship to a child, or a mother in need of counsel from a seasoned paternity attorney, we are here to help. You can depend on us to treat you with respect and handle your case with integrity and sensitivity. Our four decades of experience as Louisiana family lawyers cover the spectrum of:
- Advising clients on the three ways of establishing paternity in Louisiana: through voluntary acknowledgment and an affidavit, through court proceedings or by getting married
- Helping men who wish to accept responsibility, obtain visitation rights and play an active role in children’s lives assert their rights as fathers — or prove that someone else is the biological father
- Counseling and representing women who must establish paternity in order to obtain child support and achieve other important objectives
I Will Prioritize Your Case And Your Needs
Today, DNA testing for paternity is accurate and readily available. However, you may have many personal concerns and questions about your risks and obligations in a paternity case. We will take the time to understand your unique personal priorities and help you make sound decisions for your child’s future and your own.