Paternity is defined as being the father of a child or children. When paternity is questioned, DNA testing is used to determine parentage. The determination of paternity is the first step in seeking child custody and child support.
Men who believe they may be the father of an unborn child, or women expecting a child, will benefit from obtaining legal advice even before the child is born. After the child is born, Ms. Meinhardt provides legal counsel to navigate through the scientific testing to establish parentage and to work out issues of custody and child support.
Ms. Meinhardt possesses experience in the evaluation, settlement, and litigation of parentage cases, including successful defense against false claims of paternity. She can represent parents to help them to reach confidential agreements regarding child custody and child support. She can also represent men attempting to be established as the father in order to obtain visitation and custodial rights.