Many states, including New York, have established laws that presume a woman's husband is the father of a child or children born to her during a marriage. Of course, that presumption does not always comport with the actual facts. A man in another state has been fighting to establish paternity despite another man being recognized as a child's father.
The same chemistry that can result in passion between two people can also result in bitterness when the relationship ends. Unfortunately, many couples also share children who may get caught in the middle. Parents who secure the right advice from their respectve New York family law attorneys may be able to form an amicable co-parenting agreement, but some cases are more difficult. Two "Love and Hip Hop" reality television stars have recently had some legal battles, including a paternity lawsuit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Legal paternity extends beyond a biological relationship. Regardless of whether a man is the biological parent of the child, he may be legally recognized as such. A man can have legal paternity established in New York in three main ways.