Paternity disputes can be a complex and emotionally charged issue for parents in New Mexico. When a father is unsure if he is the biological parent of a child or a mother wants to establish paternity for a child, it can be difficult to navigate the process and determine the best course of action. If you are involved in a paternity dispute in New Mexico, it’s important to understand your rights and options.
Under New Mexico law, there are several ways to establish paternity for a child. If both parties agree on the paternity of the child, they can sign a voluntary acknowledgement of paternity form. This form can be completed at the hospital when the child is born or at a later date. If both parties sign the form, it is considered legally binding and establishes the father as the legal parent of the child.
If the parties do not agree on paternity or if one party contests the paternity of the child, it may be necessary to go to court to establish paternity. In order to do this, the parties can file a paternity action with the court. This action will typically involve genetic testing to determine the biological father of the child.
Once paternity has been established, the court can then address any other related issues, such as child custody, visitation, and child support. It’s important to note that the court will always consider the best interests of the child when making decisions about paternity and related issues.
If you are involved in a paternity dispute in New Mexico, it’s important to have an experienced attorney on your side. The Law Firm of Justice Legal Group has a team of attorneys who are skilled in handling paternity disputes and can help you navigate the process. To learn more about your options or to schedule a consultation, call Justice Legal Group at (505) 407-0573.
Overall, paternity disputes can be a complex and emotional process for parents in New Mexico. With the help of an experienced attorney, you can ensure that your rights and the best interests of your child are protected.