Dane County Paternity Attorneys

Madison Attorneys Protecting Unmarried Parents' Rights

Unmarried parents face the same issues as those going through divorce in determining child custody and placement. However, the law does not provide the same presumptions for unmarried parents that it does for married couples. Certain cases may first require a paternity action to be filed.

The Madison, Wisconsin, law firm of Mandell & Ginsberg provides experienced advice and representation for unmarried mothers and fathers in the protection of their parental rights. We seek effective family law resolutions customized to your particular needs and goals.

Understanding Paternity Actions

Paternity actions are designed to establish child custody and physical placement rights between unmarried parents. Without a paternity action, an unmarried father cannot legally enforce his rights to child custody and placement. Likewise, an unwed mother cannot seek child support from a former partner until the child's father is established through paternity, which could include genetic tests if the child's parentage is in dispute.

We seek solutions that both protect your parental rights and the best interests of your child. To that end, we work hard to secure a formal finding of paternity that includes a fair placement schedule and support arrangements.

Voluntary Acknowledgment Of Paternity

Parents may choose to fill out a Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity form apart from seeking a court order to establish paternity. However, we recommend clients first seek counsel on the obligations presumed by this form such as the responsibility to pay child support or to establish a parenting schedule.

Experienced And Honest Counsel Tailored To Your Circumstances

We understand that every family's situation requires a unique approach. Our Dane County paternity lawyers review your circumstances in detail so we can provide the appropriate advice on the procedural requirements and associated fees of establishing paternity.

We provide a free consultation in which to discuss your case, and we offer reasonable fee structures that will be discussed honestly with you upfront. Please contact us by calling 608-620-7640 for more information.