Parentage

Paternity or Presumed Parents

Successfully navigating paternity issues requires looking at it from the child’s perspective and his or her needs. Whether I’m representing the custodial parent or the parent seeking more time with the child, I focus on the child’s needs and how both parents together can meet those needs. Whether I’m representing the custodial parent or the parent seeking more time with the child or children, I focus on the child’s needs and how both parents together can meet those needs. Sometimes this means helping the newest parent to be more patient as we work through the formal and informal steps in the process. I have successfully helped parents navigate this process to begin the most important jobs we will ever have: parenting.

We start the conversation from the perspective of how to best introduce the “new parent” in the child’s life and then build the relationship at a rate that is appropriate for both the child and the parents.

Presumed parents and parentage cases can be handled in mediation or in a collaborative case. In any of these processes, making the process a child-centered one is the starting place.