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Paternity Archives

Blake Griffin wants to establish paternity of his children

Child support and child custody are often issues between non-married couples as well as those who have ended a marriage in New York. To begin the process of custody for male parents, paternity must be officially established. Blake Griffin recently filed for paternity of his two children as he and his former fiancé began custody discussions.

Kirk Frost in paternity battle; woman says he fathered her child

Any parent in New York raising a child on his or her own can likely attest to the hardships that may arise. Some single parents choose to have a family court judge order that the other parent pay child support and otherwise share in the care of a child. Earlier this year, Jasmine Washington filed a paternity lawsuit against Kirk Frost, though there are unconfirmed reports the case was thrown out of court for improper service of process.

Paternity lawsuit filed against Miguel Cabrera

Many people in New York enjoy sharing life with another person. Unfortunately when relationships end, they can be extremely messy. When children are involved, the breakup becomes more difficult. Miquel Cabrera, a Major League baseball star, is involved in a contentious paternity lawsuit with a former mistress who claims he is the father of her two children.

Woman seeks to prove paternity of daughter and ask for legal help

The expectation of a new baby into the family is usually a joyous occasion for the parents and extended family members. Unfortunately, unexpected circumstances can hinder the joyous occasion. One woman's first weeks with her newborn have been emotional and stressful. She has requested a New York court for the permission to test her dead husband's DNA to prove his paternity of her daughter before he is buried.

Paternity tests may help New York fathers with custody concerns

Being a father is an experience that many men enjoy. However, some individuals may not know they are fathers until a considerable amount of time after their children have been born. As a result, these individuals may have to go to considerable lengths to establish paternity and work to gain custody of -- or visitation with -- their children. 

New York residents may have different options for divorce

When going through divorce, there are different ways that New York residents could approach their cases. Some individuals may wonder whether they could handle the proceedings entirely on their own and others may want to know more about the different types of legal assistance available. Of course, the specific details of each divorce may be factors in deciding the best routes to follow.

Voluntary and formal paternity proceedings

While it used to be less common, many New York parents are having children before they get married. In these cases, an unmarried father may sign an Acknowledgment of Paternity in order to establish legal rights to his child. If an alleged father did not sign the such an acknowledgement at the birth of the child, refuses to sign it or is blocked by the mother, there are several ways by which the father may be declared the child's legal father.

When and how to challenge paternity

Knowing the identity of a child's father is very important when custody matters arise in New York. A child's mother and father have rights and responsibilities concerning a child that others do not. Determining paternity may allow a father access to a child or allow a guardian to receive support from a father.

How is paternity determined through DNA tests?

DNA technology has advanced to the point where paternity testing can identify a child's father with very little error. When a couple in New York needs to determine paternity, one can compare DNA samples for similarities. DNA fingerprinting is a simple way to determine paternity, and this process involves using a restriction enzyme to cut out some sequences of DNA but not others and then compares the results. When using restriction enzymes to create DNA fragments, what is left of a child's DNA would resemble a combination of two parents' DNA.

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