Paternity actions involve parents who never married and need enforceable Court orders regarding child custody, residency, parenting time and child support. The Kansas Parentage Act governs paternity actions, and like an action for divorce, determines the best interests of a child based upon certain legal criteria, while considering the unique aspects of the case.
To determine the paternity for a child, either the parties can agree who is the child’s biological father, or the Court can order genetic testing to determine paternity if there is a dispute or question. Testing is not something the Court automatically orders.
Once paternity is established, the Court will issue orders regarding child custody, residency, parenting time and child support - either based upon the agreement of the parents or based on a judge’s ruling after a trial. If there is a trial or contested proceeding to determine a child’s best interests, the attorneys of Ward Potter will present a case to demonstrate to the Court each parent’s abilities and parenting skills, together with their ability to co-parent and communicate.
Paternity cases can be emotionally difficult, and while some of the legal aspects of a divorce are not present, the deterioration of a relationship is often at issue. It is important for both parents to make the child the first priority. The attorneys of Ward Potter have handled many paternity actions and are well versed in addressing all aspects of a paternity case from beginning to end. They will navigate the difficulties and unique issues present in a paternity case and assist clients in achieving goals that are in their child’s best interests.