Know Your Rights
Collaborative law is a new way to resolve family law disputes. Each party has a separate and specially trained attorney. The lawyers’ only job is to help the parties settle the case. If the attorneys do not succeed in helping the clients settle, the attorneys are out of a job. They never can represent either client against the other. Everyone agrees to work together with respect, honesty and good faith. They try to find “win-win” solutions to the reasonable needs of both parties.
Paternity means fatherhood. Establishing paternity means legally determining the father of a child. Establishing paternity means that the father’s name can be placed on the child’s birth certificate and that he has legal responsibility for the child. Paternity, unless acknowledged by the father, is established by the court. A mother will need to prove paternity if she wants the father to pay child support or if she expects the child to inherit property from the father's estate.
If you have received a Complaint for Divorce, you have 21 days from the date it was served on you in which to file an Answer, or an Answer and Cross-Bill. You do not have to file a response, but in some instances you must file a response in order to preserve your rights. This article describes what you rights are if you have received a Complaint for Divorce.