Custody and paternity cases address custody and parenting time of children whose parents were not married.

If the parents signed a Recognition of Parentage (or “ROP’) at the hospital, a custody case should be filed.

If the parents did not sign a Recognition of Parentage at the hospital, a paternity case should be filed.

Paternity and custody cases are very similar. In addition to establishing custody, parenting time and child support, a paternity case also establishes paternity. Genetic testing can be done if either party requests it. Paternity cases are confidential (not open to the public), while custody cases are not.

Custody and paternity cases can be difficult to navigate and Porter Law Office will be there to help you through it. Call now to schedule your free one hour consultation.