Phoenix Child Support And Paternity Lawyers

A mother or father may have to go to court to establish paternity through a DNA test. Unmarried mothers may do this to obtain child support payments. Alternatively, both parents may stipulate to paternity without need for a DNA test. In both situations, the father does not necessarily have custody or visitation rights until those are established through the Court.

At DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC, we represent both mothers and fathers in paternity actions. In many cases, we can obtain results for our clients efficiently and cost-effectively. However, cases involving contested custody and visitation may require extensive litigation.

Paternity And Child Support Responsibilities

Arizona expects parents who are capable of working to contribute the support of their children. This includes mothers and fathers who are unmarried. If a mother or father is not willing to stipulate that he is the father of a child, either party can file a paternity action and seek to legally establish paternity. If the petition is granted, the man and the child will undergo DNA tests, which will compare DNA taken from skin cells of the gums in a painless procedure.

For mothers — We can represent you to obtain current and past-due child support. If necessary, we also can seek to enforce the child support order.

For fathers — An attorney at our firm can represent you to obtain a fair and reasonable child support payment.

Parental Legal Rights And Paternity

Even though an unmarried father is required to pay child support, the father may not necessarily be entitled to legal decision-making or visitation rights. DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC, represents mothers and fathers who are seeking custody or parenting time rights, as well as mothers and fathers who wish in good faith to prevent the other parent from obtaining those rights.

Establishing paternity is usually a straightforward procedure. However, the consequences of a paternity action can be significant, conferring both rights and responsibilities on both parents. Whatever your situation, DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC, will work diligently to protect your rights and achieve your goals.

Contact Our Firm

For a consultation with a Phoenix child support and paternity lawyer, contact DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC.