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Dealing With Paternity Issues

Resolving legal problems involving paternity requires sensitivity, knowledge and a willingness to explore all available options. At Hodgson Law Office, I help mothers and fathers with matters related to the paternity of their children.
Dealing With Paternity Issues

Counseling Clients About The Test

I will counsel you on your paternity concerns. The first question from fathers is often, “Does it hurt?” They also wish to know whether the results are accurate. I can tell you that it doesn’t hurt — the test involves only a simple cheek swab — and that the results are almost always accurate.

Benefits Of Establishing Paternity In Washington

In addition to answering questions about the test, we’ll talk about why it is a good idea to establish paternity when the parents are not married. The reasons include:
  • - A mother can seek child support from a father whose paternity has been established.
  • - A father can seek visitation or even custody if he has been determined to be the father of a child.
  • - A mother who has established the paternity of her child is eligible for state benefits.
  • - A father can be determined to be a person with a legally recognized interest in the welfare of a child if he has established paternity.
  • - A man can defend against a child support demand by establishing that he is not the father of a child.

Legal Assumptions

The court recognizes other determinations of paternity in addition to a DNA test. If the parents are married when a baby is born, the husband is assumed to be the father. If both parents sign an affidavit of paternity at the time of birth, the man is assumed to be the father.
Legal Assumptions

How A Lawyer Can Help

I can help you determine the paternity of a child through a lawsuit. I can also help you defend against paternity actions and child support demands, or I can help you as you seek to become involved in your children’s lives by establishing paternity.

Schedule A Free Consultation With Mark D. Hodgson

As an experienced Spokane attorney, I will protect your rights and guide you through your case. You do not have to go through this alone, I will help you every step of the way.
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Reviews from Our Clients

I hired Mark Hodgson for a divorce in Spokane. He was open, friendly, and gave me great advice and counsel. Mark was honest with me about my case and worked hard to resolve all of my issues quickly. He responded to my phone calls and questions every time. He was WONDERFUL in my hearing and got me alimony, child support, and the parenting plan that my children needed. I had two other lawyers before Mark and he is far superior to my previous counsel. He fought hard for me and he knew the law. I would and will recommend him to everyone that i know.
These situations are never easy. Deciding to get a lawyer then choosing one was a very hard decision. I spoke to a few people that have been thru divorce and Mark’s name came up more than once. I went and met with him, his business partners and Casey his assistant. They were all friendly, professional and most importantly for me nonjudgmental. He is very educated on divorce with children and keeps in mind what is best for the kids! He answered my questions and didn’t make me feel belittled as other lawyers did. Thank you Mark Hodgson and team you are all very appreciated!
Called Mark Wednesday the day before Thanksgiving. He got us in that Friday the day after Thanksgiving. We decided to hire him and he made the time to start the process of paperwork that Sunday. It was great he did this so my wife and I didn’t have to miss work and our case was a time sensitive issue. The few times I’ve had to emailed him he seem to get right back to us with answers.
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We are a dedicated team of family law and divorce attorneys driven by a passion for empowering clients. With personalized representation, we prioritize your goals and safeguard the well-being of you and your children. Meet our compassionate advocates below.

Mark D. Hodgson

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When it comes to family law and divorce matters in Spokane, trust the dedicated team at Hodgson Law Office. Our experienced attorneys have a track record of success in family court, providing effective and efficient legal services. We prioritize your needs and strive for favorable outcomes. Contact us today for a free consultation by calling (509) 327-1415 or filling out the form below.
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