Last month on the blog we discussed how paternity can be established. Taking the necessary steps to establish paternity is no small thing. After all, men who establish paternity bring to life a number of parental rights. They suddenly have the right to seek visitation and custody, and if they obtain custody they can then seek child support.Paternity issues can arise, though, that threaten an individuals rights. The law creates certain presumptions that a man is a child's father that can only be overcome if certain steps and specific pieces of evidence are presented to a court. Failing to take these steps and present this evidence can leave a man unable to develop the relationship and the bond he desires with his child. Looking at paternity from a mother's perspective, it can be just as important, as it can allow her to seek child support from an absent father, and in some instances it may allow her to give her child the relationship he or she deserves with his or her father.Paternity issues, like most family law matters, can be very challenging to successfully address. Oftentimes, people find paternity issues confusing, especially in instances where more than one man has been alleged to be a child's father. This is why it is often critical to have a skilled legal ally on your side when addressing paternity issues. Competent family law attorneys, like those found that our law firm, have experience dealing with these issues and know what must be done in order to achieve desired results. Therefore, it is in an individual's best interest to sit down with an attorney of his or her choosing to figure out how best to address the problem at hand.There is a lot at stake in paternity cases. Of course there's money in the form of child support, but there is also the deep and long-lasting relationship between a parent and a child. With so much at stake it doesn't make sense to let these issues play out as they will or to try to handle them on one's own. Instead, consider reaching out to a skilled legal professional who can provide you with the assistance that you and your child deserve.