Paternity

Milwaukee Wisconsin Paternity Attorneys

We understand the need for discretion with regard to this sensitive matter

When there are questions or disagreements about the identity of a child’s father, it is important that you find a family law attorney you can confide in. The Wisconsin family law attorneys at Bandle & Zaeske, LLP fully understand that questions of paternity are a sensitive matter and respect your privacy. As a result, we exercise the utmost discretion in these cases.

What is paternity and why is it important to establish it in Wisconsin?

In the simplest terms, paternity is the legal term used to define the biological father of a child who has certain rights and obligations with regards to that child. Issues related to paternity surface when the parents are not married. There are benefits and disadvantages to establishing paternity in Wisconsin.  The benefits include:

  • Inclusion of the father’s name on the birth certificate
  • Preservation of the father’s legal rights with regard to custody, physical placement and so forth
  • Permits the father to make his opinion and concerns known if the mother is considering adoption
  • AlloWI the child to grow up knowing their father
  • AlloWI the child to receive financial support from both parents until he or she turns 18 and graduates high school
  • Provides access to the father’s medical history
  • The child becomes eligible to inherit money or receive certain benefits if something happens to the father

Disadvantages include:

  • Potential effects of paternity on existing custody arrangements
  • Financial impact on each parent
  • The child could be exposed to destructive or harmful behavior

Paternity may be established by voluntary acknowledgement or DNA analysis.

Contact our experienced Milwaukee WI paternity lawyers for a free consultation

With decades of combined experience in family law, the Milwaukee paternity attorneys at Bandle & Zaeske, LLP are well-equipped to provide reliable legal assistance in paternity cases. During a free, confidential consultation, our skilled paternity lawyers will share the pros and cons associated with paternity and discuss the best course of action for your specific situation. Contact us at (414) 359-1424 or online. We have more than 50 years combined experience helping families in Milwaukee, Washington, Racine, Fond du Lac, Dodge, Ozaukee and Waukesha counties.

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