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Michigan paternity questions Femminineo AttorneysPaternity is the stuff of dramatic daytime talk shows. In real life, however, paternity is a major issue for the men and women embroiled in such matters and it can affect everything from child support to child custody to parenting time.

1. Can a mother omit the father’s name from their baby’s birth certificate?

Mothers are required to complete documentation after their child’s birth naming the parents so that a birth certificate can be legally filed and issued – this happens whether a child is born in or out of wedlock. A mother can choose to omit the father’s name from the birth certificate, but this choice could have major consequences in the future.

If a father is not legally named, a mother will have no right to petition for child support. The man who is not named but is questioning paternity or wants to prove paternity will face an uphill legal battle to gather proof of his parentage.

2. Why would a mother not name a father on the child’s birth certificate?

There are many reasons a mother may omit the name of the child’s father from the child’s birth certificate:

  • She may wish for the child’s father to remain anonymous.
  • She may not be certain who the child’s father is.
  • She may be angry or feeling negatively about the child’s father.
  • She may not want the father to know he has a child.

3. How does marriage affect paternity?

In Michigan, if a married couple has a child, it is assumed that the child is a product of that union. Should the marriage end in divorce, the father has a right to child custody and parenting time and is obligated to pay child support.

4. What is the Affidavit of Parentage?

The Affidavit of Parentage is a form that is given to unmarried couples in Michigan who have a child together. This form must be completed by both parents and signed at the hospital and it voluntarily acknowledges the father of the child and gives the mother initial custody.

Even if the mother omits the father’s name from the birth certificate, the Affidavit of Parentage shows parentage. If a father is uncertain that he is the child’s parent, he may choose not to sign the form because doing so waives his right to blood tests or a trial to determine Michigan paternity.

The state makes it clear that fathers have the right to child custody and fair parenting time. The affidavit also makes it clear that a father has the obligation to provide child support. A father may fight for paternity if he was not present or not given the opportunity to name himself as the child’s father.

Get Answers to Your Michigan Paternity Questions

If you have questions or concerns about paternity, schedule your consultation with Femminineo Attorneys PLLC in Mount Clemens to get advice and legal help so you are given the parental rights to which you are entitled. Paternity matters are complicated and the goal should be to avoid disrupting a child’s life as much as possible.

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What makes us the right divorce attorneys for you?

  • Family Law Expertise

    Most lawyers are in a general practice and do some of everything. One of our main focuses is on Family law and being expert at divorce, custody and support matters.

  • Strong Relationships

    We are in court daily, working with the family court judges, their staff and clerks, the Friend of the Court office, the Bar Association and other attorneys working in this area. We pride ourselves on fighting hard for our clients while working well with everyone.

  • Experience

    Our extensive experience and strong relationship with the courts and our peers leads many judges and attorneys to hire us to act as Mediators in other Family Law cases. Make no mistake; having a strong working relationship with the court can have a massive impact on your case. Unlike most attorneys, we have no fear of the court room and are in trial regularly against the best in the business. We see the judges every week and maintain strong ties with their staff.

  • We Care

    Although every attorney can “handle” your case, Femminineo Attorneys cares about you and your family. We work extremely hard to keep this difficult process civil and to shelter your children from as much of the negative facets as possible.

  • Commitment

    Once your case is concluded, we will be there to help you with any post-judgment problems that may arise.

  • Flexibility

    Everyone’s financial situation is different and we work with our clients to formulate a fee arrangement that works within your means.

  • Effectiveness

    We have handled every possible situation involving domestic law. We will do everything possible to wrap up your case in a timely manner, avoiding delays that cause unnecessary legal fees.

  • Tenacity

    When your case cannot be easily solved, we will fight hard and use all of our resources to win. Unlike most attorneys, we have no fear of the court room and we regularly win cases against the best in the business at trial.

  • Expert Staff

    Unlike many attorneys who have a part-time typist and work 30 hours a week, we have an expert staff available all day long to assist you and provide immediate service. We are available to our clients 24 hours a day through our hot line at 586-854-3654.

  • Personal Service

    At Femminineo Attorneys, your case will be handled by an experienced family law attorney. Each of our attorneys in our family law division has many years of experience in handling family law matters.

We encourage you to see these differences for yourself and call today to speak with one of our partners or schedule a free consultation at our office.

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