Cases in which a formal parenting relationship are created have historically been referred to as paternity cases. While the establishment of paternity formally created a parenting relationship, in reality the designation as a parent has far reaching consequences. A parenting plan and order of support are required by law in cases where paternity has been established but parties do not reside together or get married.

Douglas R. Hughes has represented both mothers and fathers during this process. Setting up a parenting plan and child support can be complex. Also, after determination of parentage other areas may be legally affected by this chance, such as healthcare and inheritance.

Each party has important legal rights in establishing paternity. There are many critical deadlines in the law due to recent changes, as well as significance of what appears to be the routine paperwork commonly provided in the hospital at the time of the child’s birth.

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