Paternity


Blank Rome’s matrimonial and family law attorneys handle paternity matters for our clients to ensure that the proper party is awarded parental rights. Substantiating paternity is important, both for the benefit of the father as a parental figure and for the well-being of the child in terms of child support, child custody, and visitation.

We help mothers and fathers establish paternity through DNA testing, which is routinely used to establish paternity. Our experience includes representing clients in cutting-edge cases involving in vitro fertilization and disputed custody of frozen embryos as part of divorce proceedings or after a donor’s death.

We also assist clients in same-sex relationships to secure their parental rights before or after the birth of their child as well as in cases involving divorce or dissolution of domestic partnerships.