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Category Archives: paternity

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Establishing Paternity in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

In the legal sense, establishing paternity means determining a child’s legal father and the obligations and rights that entails. This also means placing the father’s name on a birth certificate. In order for a father to be legally responsible for a child, you must start by establishing paternity. It’s also the first step for… Read More »

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What are Custody and Visitation Rights of an Unmarried Father in Virginia?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

If you have a child in the Commonwealth of Virginia and you are not legally married to the mother at the time the child is born, the lack of an official marriage means there is no presumption under Virginia law that you are the biological father. If you do not establish paternity, you will… Read More »

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Rights of Unmarried Fathers in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

As an expectant unmarried father, you are probably nervous and have question as to how this situation is going to work. What do you need to do when the child is born? Do you have to take a DNA test? If you are definitely the father, when do you get to see your son… Read More »

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Establishing Paternity in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

When a married woman gives birth to a child, the law presumes that she is the mother and that her husband is the father. However, it is becoming increasingly common for individuals to have children outside of marriage. While a few decades ago this would have been scandalous, now it is simply another way… Read More »

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