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You would need to file a formal paternity case with the local child support division of the District Attorney or with the local Family Court. If you contact the local DA, they will be happy to help.
Once the case is filed, the judge orders a DNA test to confirm paternity and then when that is done, he can order specific visitation/custody as well as set a formal child support amount that is determined by a formula the judge uses based on the percentage of custody and each parent's respective incomes...
So you don't even need an attorney here as the local DA is always happy to help a parent who wants to formally establish their legal rights to their children.
Yes, just tell them you want to establish paternity and get visitation and child support set up..
No, it is pretty straightforward... the petition is filed and a hearing is set. You appear and the mother does as well, The judge orders the DNA test and then you go have it done. When the results come back, another hearing is scheduled and the judge then sets any child support amounts and also a formal custody/visitation schedule that firmly establishes your rights to your time with the children..
You are very welcome. Happy to help any time. Thanks for doing what a lot of fathers don't..
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