Determining paternity can be more complicated than it seems. The State of Alabama has several ways to determine whether someone is a father. The attorneys of Five Points Law Group have the experience needed to help you resolve even the most challenging family law issues.
The law makes certain presumptions about fatherhood. For instance, the law presumes that someone is the natural father of a child in certain circumstances:
While the child is still under 18, he accepts the child as his own, allows the child to live in his home, or openly holds the child out publicly to be his natural child, including providing emotional and financial means of support
These are just presumptions, however, so they can be disproved with appropriate evidence. Alabama law acknowledges a father as someone who has established a father-child relationship with the child. Absent such presumptions or acknowledgements, a man can be adjudicated to be the father of a child by a court.
In some situations, the man may allege he is the father, even when such has not yet been proven. Finally, a putative father is one who the law declares to be the father until such can be rebutted or firmly established.
Alabama, like many other states, maintains a database in which putative fathers are recorded. The Department of Human Resources uses this registry to record the name, Social Security number, date of birth, and address of putative fathers. The registry is for the following situations, typically involving children born out of wedlock:
Paternity is just one of the many issues that can arise out of a relationship. Unmarried couples often live together for many years, acquiring personal and real property that needs to be divided in a breakup. Even without a divorce, these can be challenging legal situations. Likewise, Alabama family courts can handle the following types of disputes:
If you are going through a difficult family court dispute involving paternity or any other family law issue, call the experienced attorneys of Five Points Law Group. When so much is at stake, experience counts. Call or visit us online to schedule a confidential appointment today.