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Establishing Paternity

Establishing Paternity

Children deserve to know the identity of their legal and biological father, especially minor children who still require the care of both parents. However, it is not always an easy process for unmarried couples to establish paternity in the state of Colorado.

Our attorneys at Law Offices of Clifton Black, PC are passionate about advocating for fathers who want to establish paternity. With our assistance, we can help you navigate this complicated family law process and obtain the best possible result.

Colorado Establishing Paternity Attorney

If you or someone you know is attempting to establish the paternity of a child, whether it is a married couple or a single parent, our skilled family law attorneys at Law Offices of Clifton Black, PC can guide you every step of the way. We have decades of combined experience in handling paternity cases and can work with you to serve the best interests of you and your family.

Law Offices of Clifton Black, PC understands the emotional stress that you may be experiencing. To schedule an initial consultation with Law Offices of Clifton Black, PC, call (719) 328-1616 as soon as possible. If you reside in Denver or Colorado Springs, CO, our lawyers can provide you with the skilled legal counsel that you need.

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How is Paternity Established in Colorado?

The most common way of establishing paternity in the state of Colorado is by naming the father on the baby’s birth certificate. If both parties were married at the time of the baby’s birth, the court will establish the woman’s husband as the paternity figure. In cases where a father is not willing to voluntarily sign a certificate of paternity, the mother can go to court to request that genetic testing occurs with the child.

Genetic testing can compare several markers in the prospective father’s DNA with similar markers in the mother’s and the child’s DNA. These tests can be accepted as proof in a court case to establish paternity.

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Colorado’s Paternity Law

Colorado paternity law (C.R.S. 19-4-105) outlines the following information regarding the presumption of paternity:

A man is presumed to be the biological father of a child if one of the following is shown to be true:

  • He and the child’s mother have been married to each other or are in a civil union and the child is born during the marriage.
  • Before the birth of the child, he and the child’s mother have attempted to marry each other, and the child is born during the attempted marriage.
  • After the child is born, he and the child’s mother have either married or attempted to marry one another, and he has acknowledged that he is the father in writing and filed it in court. Or with the person’s consent, the person is named as the child’s parent on the child’s birth certificate.
  • While the child is under 18 years of age, he receives the child into their home and openly considers the child as his natural child.
  • The genetic tests have been administered and the results show that his genetic parentage is 97% or higher.

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Benefits of Establishing Paternity in Colorado

Establishing paternity in Colorado is significant for a variety of reasons. If a child is born out of wedlock, establishing paternity can ensure he or she will have access to the same rights and benefits as children of married parents. For example, unless paternity has been established, a child born to unmarried parents may be ineligible to receive health care through his or her father.

Additionally, if the child’s parents are separated, the mother may wish to collect child support to help pay for his or her medical expenses, education, and daily living expenses. Unless paternity has been established, a father cannot be required to pay child support by Colorado law.

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Additional Resources

Colorado Judicial Branch: Paternity Cases – Access the official website for the Colorado Judicial Branch to view frequently asked questions regarding paternity cases. Learn how to start a case to identify the other parent of your child and more.

Colorado Revised Statute: Presumption of Paternity – Access the official website for the Colorado Revised Statutes (CRS) to view section 19-4-105 which constitutes the Presumption of Paternity section. You can view how Colorado courts establish paternity according to those specific guidelines.

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Denver Paternity Lawyers | Denver County, CO

If you are navigating the process of establishing paternity in Colorado, Law Offices of Clifton Black, PC can serve you. We specialize in various areas of family law including divorce, alimony, paternity, and child support. Our family law attorneys are zealous and dedicated advocates who will fight to get you the best possible result.

Law Offices of Clifton Black, PC accepts clients in Colorado Springs and across the surrounding areas of El Paso, Pueblo, Teller, Douglas, Denver, Elbert, Fremont, Pueblo, Lincoln, and Arapahoe Counties. We can be reached at (719) 328-1616 so contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.

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