A paternity action involves a child or children created from the relationship of a male and female when there is no marriage between the parties. The purpose of a paternity action is to establish a parent-child relationship between the father and child(ren). The intent of a paternity action is to seek to establish such a relationship and make necessary orders for custody, child support, and visitation of the child(ren) involved. The action may be commenced prior to the birth of the child to obtain financial assistance in paying for the birthing expenses of the child. The action may also be brought at any time after the birth of the child. The action may be brought by the mother or the father of the minor child. When the alleged father of the child denies paternity, genetic testing may be requested wherein all parties are subjected to blood testing. The samples are analyzed which then results in an indication as to the probability of paternity. Genetic testing is highly accurate and the results are accepted as proof of paternity by the court system. Attorneys at Winstein, Kavensky & Cunningham can help you establish paternity and the complex issues of obtaining orders for custody, support, and visitation on your behalf.