Standing Up For Fathers' Rights

In Wisconsin, if a paternity acknowledgement was not done shortly after a child's birth, the father does not have the same rights as the mother does to the children. Without proof of paternity, a father may not be granted custody or placement of his children. Additionally, once these rights are established, either party can be required to fulfill child support obligations.

At Schmidt & Grace Attorneys at Law, our lawyers have more than 60 years of experience helping a variety of individuals as they work through the complexities of family law. Our clients are different and have unique needs. We are committed to tailoring our services on an individual level so that our clients can pursue their best interests.

How Is Paternity Established In Wisconsin?

The easiest way to establish paternity is for both parents to sign a statement agreeing that the father is the biological parent of the child. However, if the parents do not agree on paternity, either one can file a petition to establish paternity.

Once the petition to establish paternity has been filed, the court will hold a pretrial hearing. At the hearing, either side may introduce evidence providing or disproving paternity, including genetic tests. The court will then issue a recommendation on whether the paternity case should be dismissed or whether the father should acknowledge paternity.

If the parents still disagree on paternity after the pretrial hearing, the issue will be decided later at a trial.

We Are Also Committed Fathers' Rights Attorney

We have been providing high-quality, efficient and cost-effective legal representation to all of central Wisconsin since 1949. We understand how important it is to have a relationship with your child, obtain the support your child needs and create a safe and loving environment for him or her, regardless of your relationship with your spouse.

The foundation of our firm is anchored in our dedication to providing our clients with a high quality of service that is backed by an extensive understanding of the law and a mutual respect for the trust our clients place in us.

We are dedicated to remaining communicative throughout the life of your case as we supply you with the information you need to make educated decisions about your future. To speak with one of our paternity attorneys in Wisconsin Rapids, email us or call us at 715-423-4100.