Paternity establishment is a crucial aspect of family law in Minnesota, impacting issues such as child custody, visitation rights, and child support. Understanding the legal procedures involved is essential for individuals navigating family law cases in the state. At Beckman, Steen & Lungstrom, our experienced family law attorneys are well-versed in Minnesota statutes related to paternity and are here to guide you through the process.
Legal Framework in Minnesota
In Minnesota, paternity can be established through various means, providing legal recognition to a child’s biological father. The primary methods include:
1. Voluntary Recognition
Minnesota Statutes Chapter 257.75 outlines the process of voluntary recognition of paternity. Both parents can sign a Recognition of Parentage (ROP) form, legally acknowledging the father’s paternity. This voluntary acknowledgment is typically done at the time of the child’s birth, and it carries legal implications.
2. Legal Adjudication
When parties dispute or are uncertain about paternity, legal adjudication may be necessary. Pursuant to Minnesota Statutes Chapter 257.55, the court may order genetic testing to determine biological paternity. Once established, the court issues an order declaring paternity, granting legal rights and responsibilities to the father.
Family Law Services at Beckman, Steen & Lungstrom
Navigating family law matters, including paternity establishment, can be complex and emotionally challenging. Our experienced attorneys at Beckman, Steen & Lungstrom are dedicated to providing comprehensive legal assistance in family law cases, ensuring your rights are protected. Our services include:
If you are facing the complexities of divorce, our attorneys will guide you through the legal process, addressing issues such as property division, spousal support, and child custody.
b. Child Custody
We understand the importance of securing favorable child custody arrangements. Our team will advocate for your parental rights, working towards a solution that prioritizes the well-being of your children.
c. Paternity Disputes
In cases of paternity disputes, we have the expertise to represent your interests. Whether through negotiation or litigation, we strive to achieve fair and just outcomes for our clients.
Contact Our Minnetonka Family Law Attorneys
If you find yourself in need of assistance with family law matters in Minnesota, Beckman, Steen & Lungstrom is here for you. Call our Minnetonka office at 952-938-3411 to schedule a free consultation. Let our experienced family law attorneys provide the legal guidance you need during this challenging time.