Paternity / Parentage
Parentage determines who the law will recognize as a child’s legal parent. Historically, this was a question of genetics, however, California law on this issue now provides a much broader standard for determination of a child’s “parent”. A person can become a child’s legal parent in a number of ways, which can include:
- Giving birth to a child;
- Receiving a child into your home and openly holding the child out as his or her own natural child;
- A child is born to a married couple, while they are cohabiting;
- Executing a parentage declaration;
- Use of assisted reproductive techniques with the intent of becoming a parent; or
If you feel that you are entitled to be a parent of a child, it is imperative to discuss your rights with an attorney experienced in paternity and parentage issues related to Family Law.
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