There are a number of legal issues that arise when a child is born to parents who are not married. Prior to legitimation of a child born out of wedlock, the mother is entitled to custody of the child and the father has no legal rights. The father may seek custody and/or visitation of the child through a legitimation suit. The mother may obtain child support from the father through a paternity suit. Once paternity is established, the father will have all of the legal duties and obligations to a child as if he or she were born in wedlock.
Amy and Alyson have extensive experience in representing and defending mothers and fathers in legitimation and paternity suits, strongly advocating for their clients to ensure they achieve a parenting plan and support that is in their child’s best interests.