Paternity Actions Available To You

Why Is Establishing Paternity Useful?

Establishing paternity can be used to benefit mothers, fathers, and their children in a variety of ways. Being determined as a child's biological father brings both newfound obligations and newfound rights. For example, a father will be allowed more time with their child during their upbringing, and the mother may be allowed to receive child support payments from the father.

Establishing paternity can be useful for:

  • Being able to take part in the raising and care of your child
  • Negotiating and establishing visitation plans and custody rights
  • Seeking child support payments

Helping Both Mothers & Fathers Establish Paternity

While many fathers are not aware of this fact, if a child is born out of wedlock in Arkansas, they have no rights to their own child until their paternity has been determined in a court of law. In addition to this, under Arkansas law, a man who is currently paying child support is entitled to take a DNA test that will verify whether or not he is the biological father of the child.

If you are attempting to gain visitation rights to a child who you believe is your biological son or daughter, have reason to believe that a child you are making support payments for is not biologically yours, or anything in between, our firm can help represent your interests with effective legal representation. We understand the challenges that are present in today's legal system, and have the experience, skills, and tools to work with you to protect your rights as a parent.

Call Ford & Cook, PLC at (870) 853-3621 and speak with one of our family law attorneys about paternity law in Arkansas and the actions you can take to achieve your objectives!