Utah has a national reputation for being a place with very limited paternity rights. Until recently, a wife could even put a child up for adoption without giving notice to the husband. While the state legislature is just now becoming aware of this inequity, I have been fighting for fathers’ rights my entire career.
My name is Melvin A. Cook and I am a Salt Lake City paternity attorney. I can help establish paternity of your child and ensure that you have a voice when it comes to important decisions. I can also help you establish regular visitation to develop a relationship with your child, even if you have been apart for a long period of time. In short, I can help you obtain the tools you need to be a dad.
“Paternity” simply means a legal or biological declaration that you are the father of a certain child. Paternity is most often an issue for a child born out of wedlock. There are several ways to establish paternity in Utah:
Biological paternity is nearly always established via genetic testing and can be done at an administrative agency or in the courts. Only a judge can issue a decree of judicial paternity, which may or may not involve genetic testing.
The determination of paternity is one of the most important issues in family law. It affects child support and provides much need closure for the family and most importantly the child. Paternity gives fathers the opportunity to take responsibility for their children, forge a relationship with them and be involved in important decisions. As an experienced Salt Lake City paternity attorney, I can help you establish legal paternity and thus protect your rights as a father. Contact me,Melvin A. Cook, today at 801.746.5075 or online to set up your free consultation with a Salt Lake City Paternity Lawyer. Hablo Español.
When it comes the family law and social security disability, each client and case is different. It is also important to select an attorney with the experience, skills and professionalism required to address your legal issues. To learn more, contact the Salt Lake City law offices of Melvin A. Cook and schedule an initial consultation to discuss your case.