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California Family Lawyers Representing Family Law Clients in Grand Terrace

Considered by Money Magazine as one of the Top 100 Best Small Towns in the United States, Grand Terrace does not disappoint with its serene atmosphere, safe streets, beautiful neighborhood, and high performing schools. This city is situated some five miles south of San Bernardino, California, neatly tucked in between two mountain ridges, the Blue Mountain and La Loma Hills. It is found in between Riverside and San Bernardino cities along the I-215 and Agua Mansa Industrial Corridors.

Grand Terrace has a total land area of 3.5 square miles and is home to approximately 12,040 residents. It has an estimated 4,403 households of which 3,067 are families with an average family size of 3.2 members.

Establishing Parentage in Grand Terrace

Not all children, however, live with their biological parents, particularly those born of parents who are not married to one another. Under California family law, children born of unmarried parents do not automatically have a legal father unless parentage is established.

Legal parentage is a procedure which officially establishes the identities of a child’s parents. It may be done in two ways:

  • By court order when parentage is not voluntarily acknowledged (often by the alleged father)
  • By signing an Official Declaration of Paternity (registered with the California Department of Child Support Services Paternity Opportunity Program)

Importance of Establishing Parentage or Paternity

Establishing legal paternity is important for a father or mother to enforce certain rights and duties such as custody, visitation and payment of child support. If you are a father who wishes to exercise custodial or visitation rights over a child, you must be able to establish parentage before you can request a court order in your favor. A mother seeking child support must also be able to prove parentage.

For the child, establishing parentage gives him or her the same rights and privileges of a child whose parents are legally married. Thus, you may be able to obtain child support, health insurance coverage, claim an inheritance and social security benefits, if available.

In Grand Terrace, California, the law office of Joyce M. Holcomb has years of experience in family law, helping unmarried parents and children exercise certain rights by establishing legal parentage. Call us today at 909-889-7111 to speak to a lawyer about parentage and other family law issues.

Directions to San Bernardino Family Attorney from Grand Terrace, CA

These directions are from Google Maps starting from:
Grand Terrace, CA 92313

 Total Est. Time: 9 mins
Total Est. Distance: 6.6 mi

  1. Head west on Barton Rd toward Britton Way
  2. Slight right to merge onto I-215 N
  3. Take the West 2nd Street exit toward West 3rd Street
  4. Turn right onto W 2nd St
  5. Turn left onto N D St

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215 N. “D” Street, Suite 305
San Bernardino, CA 92401

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