When parents are married, the rights and responsibilities of parenting, such as custody, visitation, and child support, are typically much easier to address because each parent has established rights and obligations that a judge will automatically recognize. Unfortunately for unmarried fathers, the same is not true. In order for a father to be a part of his child's life, and before the Court will impose a child support obligation, paternity must first be established.
Although paternity can be established by acknowledgement or genetic testing, the legal process of establishing a father's parental rights and/or enforcing a father’s parental obligations is much more complex than that. At Wolf & Fox, we understand these complexities and how to navigate the legal system successfully to resolve child custody issues and child support matters that arise in paternity cases. We believe in providing outstanding representation in every case by listening to our clients, addressing all of their concerns, and getting the job done effectively and correctly.
Whether you are a biological father seeking to enforce your rights and establish a relationship with your child, or a mother needing to establish paternity in order to force an absent father to pay child support, we can help you face these issues head on and with confidence.
Establishing paternity in New Mexico should not have to be handled alone. Talk to the lawyers at Wolf & Fox and start feeling confident about what you need to do to protect your parental rights. To schedule a free initial consultation, call our Albuquerque office at 505-268-7000.