Being a parent is a huge responsibility and it’s not something to
be taken lightly. In fact, many would argue that it’s more important
than marriage. You can
divorce a spouse but you don’t divorce your children.
We all know how easy it is to become a parent. You can know someone for
one night and end up having a child with them. So, with dating comes responsibility.
All adults must realize that a fling could turn into a lifelong commitment
if it results in pregnancy.
Are you a man who is being told that he has gotten a woman pregnant? If
so, it’s important that you understand your rights and responsibilities
paternity laws, particularly if a DNA test reveals that the child is in fact yours.
Understanding Paternity in Nevada
For starters, let’s discuss the term “paternity,” which
simply means to make a child’s biological father the legal father
as well. So, why is it important to establish paternity?
It gives the child’s father the right to enjoy the father-child relationship
because paternity gives fathers
child custody and
- The child becomes entitled to child support.
- The child earns the right to inherit from his or her father.
- The child obtains Social Security and insurance benefit rights.
- The child can learn about their father’s medical history.
“How is paternity established in Nevada?” There are three main
ways: 1) if the mother is married at the time of the child’s birth,
her husband is considered the child’s legal father unless the court
has issued an order stating that someone else is the child’s legal
father, 2) the mother and alleged father sign a
Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity, or 3) after a DNA test is performed a court declares a man the child’s
biological and legal father.
What if I Refuse to Acknowledge Paternity?
Suppose a woman is claiming you’re the father of her child but you
deny you’re the child’s father. In that case, the child’s
mother or the Nevada State Division of Welfare and Supportive Services
(if the child is on public assistance) can file a paternity action. This
would mean the court would require you to submit to a DNA test to establish
paternity, and from there a hearing would follow.
“Who pays for genetic testing?” The court decides, but usually
it’s the alleged father who pays. “How long does the mother
have to establish paternity?” In Nevada, paternity can be established
any time from when the child is born until before the child’s 21st birthday.
Establishing Paternity in Las Vegas
Need legal representation in a Nevada paternity or
child custody case?
Contact Leavitt Law Firm to meet with a Las Vegas child custody attorney.