Jennings & Medura | Paternity
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Paternity refers to the status of being a father to a child.  While the term paternity is still used, Utah law often refers to it as the gender neutral term “parentage.”

Parentage in Utah is covered by the Utah Uniform Parentage Act.  For a father, parentage can be established through one of several ways:

  • Presumption by marriage.  Utah law presumes that a husband is the legal father of any children born during the marriage.
  • Declaration of paternity under the Utah Voluntary Declaration of Paternity Act .
  • Adjudication of paternity.  An adjudication means a finding by a court, but it can also include a finding by an administrative agency, such as the Office of Recovery Services (ORS).

Either parent can file a Petition with the court to establish parentage, which can include provisions for custody, parent-time, and support.

The law involving establishment of paternity can be complex.  Our experienced attorneys would be happy to consult with you and discuss your case.




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