Paternity (“JP”) Cases

Our Experience

This type of case involves children whose parents were not married when they were born, even if both parents are placed on the child’s birth certificate. Paternity is presumptively established by filling out an Affidavit at the time of birth, but custody and parenting rights are not officially in place when an Affidavit is completed. The obligation to financially support a child is also not determined with an Affidavit. These things must be established by Court Order or they are not legally enforceable. That is where a paternity or JP case comes in. As in a divorce case, the Court in a paternity case can:

  • Decide who will have physical and legal custody of children.
  • Set up a Parenting Time schedule.
  • Order a parent to pay child support or otherwise provide financially for children.
  • Appoint a GAL (guardian ad litem) who advocates in the best interests of the children.
  • Appoint a PC (parenting coordinator) who will work with both parents to resolve disagreements over parenting time even after the Court case is concluded.

Learn More about Custody and Parenting Time

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Helfrich Law Offices is a full service law firm with two locations to serve our clients in Hancock County, Hendricks County and throughout Central Indiana. We have over 20 years experience practicing before Indiana trial and appellate courts, handling cases involving all areas of law, including family law, adoptions and guardianships, small business law, criminal matters, estate planning, probate, contracts, real estate, small claims, collection, banking, and civil litigation. We also offer mediation services. Call us to discuss how we can serve you, your family and your business.