Omaha Paternity Attorneys
Establishing Paternity and DNA Testing
There are a couple different ways to establish paternity in Omaha, as well
as a few benefits to doing so. Our firm works with clients throughout
Omaha in family-related matters, including establishing paternity for
both the parents’ and the child’s benefit.
Speak with one of our attorneys at
Slowiaczek Albers PC LLO for more information. Call
(402) 928-2007 or submit a
contact form here.
Ways to Establish Paternity
Paternity refers to the legal status of fatherhood. Generally, if a child
is born during a marriage, the mother's husband is presumed to be the
father of the child. When parents are not married at the time of a child’s
birth, though, paternity can be established in one of two ways in Nebraska
– through a voluntary process between the parents or, if they cannot
agree, through a court proceeding and DNA testing.
The simplest and often most cost-effective way to establish paternity in
the state is for both parents to sign a Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity.
By signing this document before a notary, both the mother and father agree
who the child’s father is. Note that a completed form must be submitted
to the Department of Health and Vital Statistics so the father’s
name can be added to the child’s birth certificate.
In situations where the mother and father can’t agree to sign a Voluntary
Acknowledgment of Paternity, the child’s mother or the person who
believes he is the father of the child can file a paternity petition.
Why Establish Paternity?
The legal status as "father" carries both rights and responsibilities
to the child. The primary reason for establishing paternity is to benefit
the child’s best interests by giving them the legal right to emotional
and financial support from both parents, as well as important genetic
For the mother and the child, an order of paternity may allow the mother
child support and medical insurance from the child’s father to assist in clothing,
feeding, and otherwise caring for the child. Additionally, by establishing
paternity, the mother and child can also obtain information about the
father’s medical history, which can be essential information if
the child ever becomes ill or needs information about their genetic background.
The child may also be able to receive inheritance benefits from both parents
after establishing paternity, like Social Security and veteran’s
benefits, if applicable.
For fathers, establishing paternity allows the father to
seek custody or visitation (subject to a court's determination of the best interest
of the child). This may include the right to be involved in making educational
or medical decisions on behalf of the child.
Let Slowiaczek Albers PC LLO Help
Establishing parental rights and responsibilities is complex for both those
who have been married and those who haven’t. Parents who have never
married may face statute of limitations issues and genetic testing may
be required, and parents who have never married may face different issues
regarding retroactive child support and gaining access to their children.
If you have legal concerns about establishing paternity in Omaha, consult
an experienced lawyer for legal support.
Schedule a consultation with one of our lawyers at Slowiaczek Albers PC
LLO by calling
(402) 928-2007 or submitting an
online contact form today.