In some cases, the paternity of a child comes into question. Since parents are financially responsible of the welfare of their child, it is important to verify the paternity if that is an issue. Paternity affects all aspects of a person’s life including financial obligations and visitation rights. Due to the seriousness and long-term consequences of these legal issues, it is imperative to have a qualified New Mexico paternity lawyer working on your behalf.
Presumption of Paternity
If a couple was married during the child’s birth, there is the presumption that they are the biological or legal parents. If the parents were not married, there is a greater chance that the paternity of the child will be questioned. Some fathers request that their names be listed on the child’s birth certificate or will have a DNA test done to confirm they are the biological father.
New Mexico courts have the expectation that attorneys and their clients will work together to create a parenting plan that is in the best interests of the children involved in the case. When that fails, it is often necessary to have a third party intervene, such as a child custody evaluator, to make recommendations to the court. However the process unfolds, our attorneys are able to guide you through the process to create a custody situation that best fits your family and is in the best interests of your children.
In New Mexico, child support is determined by using the New Mexico Child Support Guidelines. There are rules and some intricacies to using these guidelines, such as which worksheet is appropriate (A or B), how to determine income, and what expenses should be included on the worksheet. The Guidelines should always be used as a basis for the support award, though under some circumstances the court will deviate from the guidelines.
Legal Assistance from a New Mexico Paternity Attorney
If you want to legally determine or establish paternity and assert your rights, call us at (505) 843-7303 to schedule an initial consultation. Even if child support and custody issues can be resolved amicably, it is beneficial to have an experienced family law attorney on your side to help you. If there are difficulties handling child support and custody, we will make sure that your paternity rights are enforced and protected.