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Skilled Paternity Attorneys Serving Fathers and Mothers in Milwaukee, WI

Compassionately dealing with your paternity claim and related child custody and support issues

The nature of relationships has changed, and today, many more Wisconsin couples are choosing to forego marriage. While unmarried couples usually do not have to jump through the hoops brought on by formal divorce, unmarried parents still have to tackle issues pertaining to child custody and child support. For these couples, the process can be just as contentious and difficult as that experienced by married couples — sometimes even more so if issues of paternity are involved. Our attorneys at Hart Law Office handle your family case with compassion and understanding.

If I don’t know whether I am the father of my ex-girlfriend’s child, what should I do?

Fatherhood brings with it a number of invaluable benefits to your child:

  • A relationship with you
  • Your financial support
  • Access to benefits such as your Social Security
  • An emotional connection with both parents

Depending on the nature of your relationship with the child’s mother, however, you may be uncertain as to whether you are the child’s father. Establishing paternity is an important step in availing yourself of the benefits of being a father, and it is vital to establishing legal rights to see your child. Hart Law Office has helped thousands of Milwaukee fathers in our three decades of family law practice, and we can help you.

Establishing your rights as a father to see and care for your child

Under Wisconsin law, you can legally establish yourself as the father of a child by:

  • Voluntary paternity acknowledgement: If you and the child’s mother have no doubt that you are the father, you can both sign a Voluntary Paternity Acknowledgement form.
  • Acknowledgement of marital child: If you and the child’s mother get married, you can sign an Acknowledgement of Marital Child form.
  • Court ruling on paternity: If the mother is not sure or does not agree that you are the child’s father, you should seek a genetic test and court ruling on paternity.

If you are unsure whether you are the father or know you are the father and want to establish legal paternity, our attorneys can walk you through the process for the benefit of your child. A paternity action can also be brought by a mother looking to receive the father’s help with child support or establish a custody agreement with the father.

Trust us to enforce your rights as a father in Milwaukee

If establishing paternity is vital to your family law action, our family-focused team at Hart Law Office can get you started on this process. Call 414-436-3212 or contact us today for a free initial consultation to discuss your options and next steps. Our office is easily accessible in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward and can be reached by public transportation. We have a long history of serving fathers in southeast Wisconsin and we can help you, too.