Protecting Men and Women in Paternity Disputes
If you are a party to a paternity action, you want an experienced lawyer to protect your interests. Whether you seek to establish fatherhood or fight an assertion of paternity, you want an attorney who understands the law and the process, one who has successfully protected the rights of others in similar situations.
At the law office of Kortes, Lykins, Hunting & Jansma, PLLC, we handle all matters related to DNA and other paternity tests for individuals throughout the greater Grand Rapids area in western Michigan. We take a client-centered approach, listening carefully to your questions and concerns so that we can develop legal strategies to help you accomplish your goals. We always encourage clients to look for peaceful ways to resolve family law matters, particularly when there will be a long-term relationship with another party. We are not afraid to fight for you when important issues are at stake.
Our Representation in Paternity Actions
A paternity determination is essential for protecting your rights, whether you are the putative father or the mother. Establishing paternity brings certain rights, including a right to child support (if you are the mother) and rights to custody/visitation (if you are the father). Similarly, effectively refuting an allegation of paternity can save you from paying years of child support for someone else's child or from visitation with a non-biological parent.
We will represent either side in a paternity dispute. We will prepare and file all necessary paperwork to seek or challenge a finding of paternity, and will handle any requests for child support, custody or visitation that may result from the determination.
If you have concerns about the paternity of a child, it is critical that you contact an attorney to protect your rights as soon as possible. Statements that you make or actions that you take can be used as evidence against you in a paternity matter. You want to make certain that you have the right to an accurately conducted DNA paternity test.
Contact Our Office
We provide a free initial consultation to clients involved in paternity disputes. Contact our West Michigan defense team online or call us at 877-378-5541 to set up a meeting. We are available to meet with you during regular business hours, and evenings and weekends upon request. Our office is located directly across from the Kent County courthouse. We charge a flat fee for some services and accept major credit cards.