Establishing or contesting paternity can be a challenging, and complicated process. Louisiana law creates certain presumptions and also sets time limits that can have significant implications. For example, under Louisiana law, a child born during the marriage, or within 300 days after the end of the marriage, is presumed to be the child of the husband. This has been called the strongest presumption in Louisiana law. Further, the law sets a deadline on when this presumption can be challenged. Once the deadline has passed, a party may be legally the father of the child, regardless of the actual biological paternity.
It is imperative that when paternity is an issue, you contact a lawyer regarding these issues. Failure to do so may result in missed opportunities–opportunities that cannot be regained. We stand ready to assist.
D. Reardon Stanford practices in Paternity Law.