Paternity in Kentucky Family law
As paternity can drive fundamental decisions in a divorce, from support to custody to visitation, any uncertainty about a child’s paternity should be challenged. Child support obligations are not removed in situations in which the parties were never married
In Kentucky either the mother or father can file a Petition to Establish Paternity although the Court can still deny a request to challenge paternity. Your Kentucky Paternity Lawyer at Goldberg Simpson can help you with your paternity issues including a challenge to the validity of the paternity test results.
Paternity can be established with certainty through DNA testing. Paternity is then established by a specific written document called an acknowledgment, which you must file with the father’s birth registrar.
Certain statutory presumptions of paternity govern the determination in certain situations. There is a presumption of paternity when a father has taken a child into his home and has held the child out as his own for a period of time. A presumption of paternity also arises in KY when a father signs a voluntary declaration of paternity. Still, if litigation is necessary, Goldberg Simpson attorneys are prepared to succeed in court.
Moreover, on June 5, the Kentucky Court of Appeals addressed the issue of father’s rights once again. In Ison .v Ison (http://opinions.kycourts.net/
When you have questions, Goldberg Simpson has answers. Please see the FAQs below.
- Post-Divorce FAQ under Kentucky Family Law
- Families In Transition FAQ