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Caring Legal Guidance Through Establishing Paternity
Paternity can be a sensitive subject, but it is important for parents and children to get answers about a child’s paternity. During these cases, we often stress that both parents are entitled to regular contact with their children. In most instances, children benefit from a relationship with both parents. The family law attorneys at Hatfield Harris, PLLC, represent unwed mothers and fathers in paternity suits. We understand that you may have many questions and concerns.
By working with us, you can get the answers you need and begin to move forward with your life. Please call 479-250-1962 to schedule a free consultation with a Bentonville paternity lawyer.
Your Child Has Rights
Unmarried fathers have the right to file a paternity action and be legally recognized as their child’s father. Until paternity is established, their rights to file for child custody and visitation cannot begin. Paternity also provides the child with necessary benefits such as child support, health insurance and inheritance rights.
While there is no legal preference for mothers in Arkansas custody cases, fathers often feel that it is difficult to get equal time with their children. We provide fathers’ rights representation to men who want more time with their children. We will argue for your right to be a part of your child’s life.
In Arkansas, a DNA test is used to determine paternity. Paternity suits may be filed by either party: the mother or the alleged father. When a man has been falsely named as the father, he can also file a suit to disprove paternity.