Paternity / Parentage

Paternity is defined as being the father of a child or children. Having the legal status of a parent implicates a broad range of family law issues, including child custody and child support. When paternity is in question, DNA testing often is used to determine parentage. The determination of paternity is the first step in seeking child custody and child support.

Jaffe and Clemens is well versed in the evaluation and litigation of paternity cases, which are referred to as parentage actions in California. The firm has represented many high net worth individuals, including professional athletes, celebrities, and top executives, in parentage actions.

Men who believe they may be the father of a unborn child, or mothers expecting a child, will benefit from obtaining legal advice even before the child is born. After the child is born, Jaffe and Clemens provides legal counsel to navigate through the scientific testing to establish parentage and to work out issues of custody and child support.

Jaffe and Clemens has extensive experience and expertise in the evaluation, settlement, and litigation of parentage cases, including successful defense against false claims of paternity. Jaffe and Clemens has represented many parents to help them to reach confidential agreements regarding child custody and child support. Jaffe and Clemens has also represented men seeking to be established as the father in order to obtain visitation or custodial rights.