Paternity claims are filed in many types of situations:  the mother or the father may file a Petition to Establish Paternity. Kentucky Family Law Court can decide issues of paternity when one of the parents of unmarried parents is seeking support, custody, or a determination of parentage.  Another case where a paternity action can be initiated is when the father suspects an earlier instance of infidelity on the part of the child’s mother and that another man may be that child’s father.

A determination of paternity by a Kentucky Family Law Court can trigger a number of family law issues such as shared or joint child custody, visitation and child support. Child support obligations cannot be obviated in situations in which the parties were never married. Kentucky Family Court has the power to award child support obligations, custody rights as well as setting a visitation schedule.

The Court can still deny a request to challenge paternity, however once there has been a determination of paternity, both parents share in the child’s custody, welfare and in raising of their children.

Your Kentucky Paternity Lawyer at Goldberg Simpson can help you with your paternity challenges.  A favorable determination of the validity of the paternity test results by a Kentucky Court will not preclude the right of a mother or father to challenge this finding.

Paternity can be established with certainty through DNA testing. DNA testing is frequently used to determine paternity. Paternity may be established by a specific written document called an acknowledgment, which you must file with the father’s birth registrar.

Certain statutory presumptions of paternity govern the determination in certain situations. There is a presumption of paternity when a father has taken a child into his home and has held the child out as his own for a period of time. A presumption of paternity also arises in KY when a father signs a voluntary declaration of paternity.

Moreover, on June 5, the Kentucky Court of Appeals addressed the issue of father’s rights once again.  In Ison .v Ison (, the Court was tasked with struggling with the issue of how to treat biological fathers versus nonbiological fathers. We refer you our our comments about the case in a recent blog post we dedicated to this new paternity case in Kentucky.

In Kentucky, paternity issues may be settled by submitting the appropriate paperwork to the Kentucky Family Law Court. When an agreement cannot be reached Goldberg Simpson’s experienced family law and paternity attorney can litigate Paternity cases.


Experienced Louisville Paternity Lawyer

Do you need to secure father’s rights? Request custody or visitation? Or request that your child’s father pay child support?  We help injured families in Louisville, Lexington, Bowling Green, Paducah, Ashland, Owensboro, Elizabethtown, Madisonville, and Pikeville, Kentucky. Call 502-589-4440 for a free confidential consultation.

Goldberg Simpson will help you recover financial compensation for your injuries, and generate the best outcome. Goldberg Simpson can help clients with paternity issues throughout the greater Louisville area, including the Kentucky counties of Adair, Allen, Ballard, Barren, Breckinridge, Butler, Caldwell, Calloway, Carlisle, Christian, Clinton, Crittenden, Cumberland, Daviess, Edmonson, Fulton, Graves, Grayson, Green, Hansock, Hart, Henderson, Hickman, Hopkins, Livingston, Logan, Lyon, Marshall, McCracken, McLean, Metcalfe, Monroe, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Russell, Simpson, Todd, Trigg, Union, Warren, and Webster, as well as the Anderson, Bath, Bell, Boone, Bourbon, Boyd, Boyle, Bracken, Breathitt, Bullitt, Campbell, Carroll, Carter, Casey, Clark, Clay, Elliott, Estill, Fayette, Fleming, Floyd, Franklin, Gallatin, Garrard, Grant, Greenup, Hancock, Hansock, Hardin, Harlan, Harrison, Henry, Jackson, Jefferson, Jessamine, Johnson, Kenton, Knott, Knox, Larue, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lewis, Lincoln, Madison, Magoffin, Marion, Martin, Mason, McCreary, Meade, Menifee, Mercer, Montgomery, Morgan, Nelson, Nicholas, Oldham, Owen, Owsley, Pendleton, Perry, Pike, Powell, Pulaski, Robertson, Rockcastle, Rowan, Scott, Shelby, Spencer, Taylor, Trimble, Washington, Wayne, Whitley, Wolfe and Woodford.

If you or a loved one is in need of legal assistance, call Goldberg Simpson at 502-589-4440.

The initial consultation is free of charge, and if we agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary recovery of funds. In many cases, a lawsuit must be filed before a specific date, (statute of limitations). Please call right away to ensure that you do not waive your right to possible compensation.