Paternity Empowering Clients To Take Back Control

Indianapolis Paternity Lawyer

Whether you are the father or the mother, you can come to Bowen & Associates, LLC for experienced legal representation in your paternity action. With a background in family law that spans more than a decade, our paternity lawyers in Indianapolis have helped many people in situations similar to yours and we know how important it is for you to achieve a favorable result.

We can assist you with every aspect of your case, from working with the other parent to prepare the petition to representing you in court and addressing any complications that might arise.

Contact us now for a free consultation with an Indianapolis paternity lawyer to discuss your case and take the first steps in the legal process.

Why a Paternity Action Is Necessary

When a woman gives birth to a child and was either never married or has been divorced for at least 300 days, there is no legal presumption as to the identity of the child's father. The father may sign a paternity affidavit at this time, but if he does not, then the man has no legal rights or responsibilities in respect to the child. As a result, any time that the father spends with the child will be entirely at the discretion and prerogative of the mother. Moreover, the mother will not be entitled to claim payments for child support.

Reasons to File a Paternity Action in Indianapolis

For the Father

By successfully filing a paternity action, the father makes himself eligible to go to court to request child custody or rights of visitation / parenting time. Once he has established himself as the biological father, he has a right to pursue custody and visitation and may be granted them provided that it is in the best interests of the child.

For the Mother

A mother typically files a paternity action against a man that she believes to be the father of her child with the purpose of proving the biological relationship and thereby laying the foundation for a claim of child support. You should not be forced to shoulder the full economic burden of raising your child and you have a right to demand that the father contribute toward providing for your child's needs.

For the Child

A paternity action can benefit a child in many ways, including providing him or her with the opportunity to spend time with the father and to be financially supported. With paternity established legally, the child gains access to his or her family medical history on the father's side and is able to receive organ or blood donation if necessary. The child will also be able to claim rights of inheritance, as well as receive insurance, Social Security benefits, and monetary damages in a wrongful death action.

Paternity Court in Indianapolis

The Paternity Court of the Marion County Circuit Court handles paternity actions and child support collection for Indianapolis and the rest of Marion County. In 2004, it accounted for $80 million in child support collections, money which went to 59,875 single heads of households. Paternity court does not only handle child support. It is also the venue in which a father may assert his biological relationship with his child, thereby establishing a legal parental relationship.

What Sets Us Apart?

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    Time is money—and at our firm, we believe that efficient, responsive communication is essential to ensure our counsel is providing the highest value. We work diligently to create a nearly paperless office and prefer to handle almost all communication electronically.

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    We aim to form long-term client relationships that will prove beneficial both now and in the future.  You can rest assured that when you retain our legal team, we will take the time to understand you and your case, and remain fully engaged from start to finish.

  • Creative Solutions to Meet Your Goals

    Imagination, excellence, and a passion for practical solutions contribute to our foundation. When you work with us, you can have confidence in the fact that we will be doing everything we can to achieve the best possible results for you.

  • Big-City Experience, Small-Firm Atmosphere

    Our firm may be small, but our team is known for getting results by maintaining a strong commitment to being practical and sensible. We provide personalized legal solutions and the supportive assistance you deserve. 

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    I was contacted the SAME DAY by Justin Bowen who had already reviewed my case info and had facts and answers for me!!!

    “I was contacted the SAME DAY by Justin Bowen who had already reviewed my case info and had facts and answers for me!!!”

    - Desiree S.
    The office staff and Justin had a calming quality about them which just helped me to calm down.

    “I called Justin Bowen because I needed an attorney for my recent DUI and being a RN that only complicated things. I was very anxious about the whole ordeal. The office staff and Justin had a calming quality about them which just helped me to calm down.”

    - Kelly W.
    One of the best lawyers I have dealt with concerning family issues.

    “I retained Justin for a protection order that my daughter's father had filed against me. Justin showed up and showed outputting his skills of many years of knowing the law to work. The frustration on my daughter's father's face was very pleasing to see.”

    - Lakia B.
    They never stopped working, even up to the last day before our hearing, to try to get me the best outcome possible. I couldn't have been happier with my agreement.

    “Being a father trying to get custody of your child is an extremely difficult process and they were both very patient in explaining all of my options and what costs/benefits were associated with these options. They never stopped working, even up to the last”

    - Nick E.
    She described him as incredibly smart, strategic, fair, and able to keep even the most challenging situation calm.

    “I was referred to Justin by a friend who went through a divorce shortly before my own. She described him as incredibly smart, strategic, fair, and able to keep even the most challenging situation ...”

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