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What is paternity action?

Q

What is paternity action? And also, what rights does he have if he picks up my child from school and doesn’t agree to give him back? Is he able to do this?

A

 A paternity action is when a Father who never married a Mother establishes his rights and responsibilities to his child. This type of action establishes things like time sharing schedule with the child, child support, and holidays, to name a few things. If there is no court order determining him the Father, he has no rights when he picks up the child from school. The Mother can ask the court for a pickup order as she has a superior right to the child.

Vanessa Vasquez de Lara, Esq. is the founder and owner of Vasquez de Lara Law Group, a law firm dedicated to assisting families with the legal issues affecting them, and their loved ones in family and probate court. Ms. Vasquez de Lara graduated cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law in 2002. She has been named to the 2015 Super Lawyers Rising Stars list and is an experienced family, probate, and guardianship litigator.

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