Parentage Actions


Parentage actions, also known as paternity cases, arise when a child is born as the result of a non-marital relationship. Parentage actions always involve issues pertaining to child custody, visitation and child support. These issues can be resolved either by an agreement reached between the parties, known as a stipulation, or by an order of the Court, if the parties are unable to come to an agreement on their own.

If you are considering commencing a parentage action or have recently been served with a Petition to Establish Parental Relationship, it is important for you to speak with an attorney. If you intend to contest parentage and wish to request a DNA test, it is important to know that you have a limited period of time to do so and that this time starts running from the time that the child is born, not from the time that the case begins.

To schedule a free one hour consultation please Contact The Law Office of Matthew J. Rudy to discuss your legal rights and responsibilities.