Raising, and providing for your child is likely one of if not the most important thing in your life. In Utah if you are not married when your child is born, your legal obligations and rights are not guaranteed. Paternity Actions can be started at almost any time, from before the child is born, until the child reaches the age of eighteen. Whatever your specific needs are, Atticus Legal Group, LLC can help.
Paternity Actions may be filed by either the mother or father depending on the circumstances. If your child has not yet been born, and you need to make sure your legal rights are protected there is no time to waste. Utah law has specific deadlines and times wherein unwed fathers are required to take certain actions, or they could forever be waiving their legal rights as a father. It is important to understand these deadlines as they are strictly enforced by Utah Courts.
Pursuing a Paternity Action in Utah will assist you to get an order from the court establishing on a legal basis who the father of the child is, as well as custody, visitation, health insurance, child support, and tax consequences.
Without a court order on these issues, neither parent can fully enforce their rights, and may have problems collecting child support, enforcing parent time, enforcing parental rights to pick schools, or make medical decisions for their child. It is important to hire an attorney with the experience required to handle your paternity case.
This is often accomplished through mediation. It is important in the mediation process to have a skilled attorney to protect your interests, who understands the law, who has in court experience, and can provide a reasonable view of potential outcomes if you were to proceed to trial. Our attorneys have good working relationships with many mediators throughout the State of Utah, and will help to select a mediator that is best suited for your specific facts.
If mediation is not successful, our attorneys have extensive in court experience to assist mothers and fathers to establish custody and parent time arrangements on a temporary or permanent basis. Obtaining an order from the court allows both parties to rely on the same document, such that all parties will comply with parent time schedules, custody arrangements and child support. This allows the parties to then focus on co-parenting their child, and attend to their child’s best interests.
Call (801)784-0529 to set up a free consultation with one of our attorneys, wherein we can discuss your case and answers questions you may have so that you can decide if our attorneys are right for you.