California Paternity Laws: Protect Your Rights


At the Law Offices of Linda J. Claypool, we offer experienced, strategic support focused on the needs of our clients, including mothers, fathers and alleged fathers involved in paternity disputes.

Contact our office via email or call us locally in Riverside, California, at 951-824-6574 to schedule a free initial consultation

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Paternity Actions On Behalf Of Mothers

A mother may seek to establish paternity for a variety of reasons. Not only to legally confirm who the father of the child is, but also to obtain orders regarding child custody, visitation or time-sharing arrangements, child support and reimbursement of medical expenses.

If you are the mother of a child and are not married to the father, it is important to take action as soon as possible to protect your rights and the best interests of your child. Our attorney will help you file a complaint to establish parental relations. This legal action will help you to establish paternity to collect child support in the future.

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Fathers' Rights And Child Custody

We can also assist fathers who want to establish paternity to get child custody, visitation or time-sharing arrangements. If you believe that you are the father of an unborn child or infant, or a child who is already born, you may be able to take legal action to establish paternity and secure rights to child custody or visitation.

Representation For Alleged Fathers

When a man is alleged to be the father of a child, he may be ordered under California paternity laws to take a DNA blood or saliva test. If you are the alleged father of a child, even an unborn child, and are worried that you may be forced to take a DNA test, it is important to consult with an attorney who can protect your rights. Disestablishing paternity now could prevent you from paying a lifetime of child support.

Our attorney can also assist you in cases involving:

  • Name changes
  • Amendments to birth certificates
  • DNA testing
  • Custody and visitation disputes and modifications
  • Child support enforcement, modifications or child support arrears

To set up a free consultation with family law and paternity lawyer Linda J. Claypool, contact us by email or call us in Riverside, California, at 951-824-6574.

Our family law office is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

We accept Visa and Mastercard and offer payment plans to qualified clients.

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