Successfully navigating paternity issues requires looking at it from the child’s perspective and his or her needs. Whether representing the custodial parent or the parent seeking more time with the child or children, the focus must be on the child’s needs. Sometimes this means helping the newest parent to be more patient while working through the formal and informal steps in the process. Successfully navigating the paternity process puts parents on a strong path to begin the most important jobs they will ever have: parenting.
The conversation starts from the perspective of how to best introduce the “new parent” in the child’s life and then it shifts toward building 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.
If paternity or parentage is an issue in your family, Campbell Family Law can help, contact Ms. Campbell or complete the contact sheet to arrange for a consultation.