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Indianapolis Paternity Lawyers
A mother may want to establish the paternity of her child in the eyes of the law in order to obtain child support payments and
regulate the father’s parenting time. The father of a child may wish to prove his paternity in order to obtain visitation rights or
even custody of the child. In either case, Ruppert & Schaefer, P.C., can advise and represent you.
Call us at 317.580.9295 to arrange for a consultation. You may also contact our law firm online. A lawyer at our firm can
explain your rights and the paternity testing procedure, and how we may be able to help you.
DNA Tests and Help Establishing Paternity
There are two ways that paternity can be established in Indiana. The mother and father can swear to an affidavit affirming
the parentage; or the mother, father, or child can file a paternity lawsuit. Ruppert & Schaefer, P.C., can help you in either
A paternity test is always recommended and no longer involves a blood sample. Instead, a sample of DNA is taken from the
mouths of the man, mother and the child in a completely painless procedure. The samples are compared, and if the man
is found to be the biological father, Ruppert & Schaefer, P.C., can take the appropriate step to have the man declared the
legal father of the child.
The Responsibilities of Parenthood
The responsibilities of parenthood outside of marriage are just as significant as the responsibilities inside of marriage. One
parent of a child may be responsible for child support, health insurance, or health care expenses not covered by insurance,
and primary, secondary, and college expenses.
Our experienced family law attorneys can take action on behalf of a parent who wishes to establish paternity to obtain child
support or parenting time. We can also help claim back child support, and if needed, seek enforcement of a child support
order to obtain the money owed by the father of the parent.
The Rights of Fatherhood or Motherhood
Parenthood outside of marriage may result in parental rights such as parenting time or even custody. Ruppert & Schaefer,
P.C., has extensive experience in paternity and maternity matters, and the ability to develop and present persuasive
arguments before the court. If you wish to assert your parental rights as a father or mother, our firm can represent you.
For a consultation with an attorney at Ruppert & Schaefer, P.C., call 317.580.9295 or contact us online. We will assist with
your paternity disputes.