Anchorage Paternity Lawyer

Mothers Seeking Child Support • Alaska Fathers’ Rights Attorney

No matter what the history between them, the parents of a child born out of wedlock have rights and responsibilities under the law. The mother is entitled to receive child support and obligated to allow visitation. Likewise, the father is required to support his child financially and entitled to be involved in the child’s life.

The Law Office of Maurice N. Ellis handles the sometimes sensitive matters of paternity, child support and visitation rights. Based in Anchorage, experienced family law attorney Maurice Ellis has represented both fathers and mothers throughout Alaska, including military personnel stationed here or in other jurisdictions. Mr. Ellis is committed to upholding your rights and protecting the best interests of your child.

Anchorage Paternity Attorney

If necessary, a court can compel DNA testing to establish paternity. The results of a paternity test are legally binding. Once fatherhood is established, we can help:

  • File for child support — Child support is owed from the date of birth regardless of whether there was an order in place requiring support to be paid. Mr. Ellis is skilled at confirming true income, including military benefits that count as income, to ensure that child support is calculated appropriately.
  • File for visitation — A man confirmed as the father is entitled to petition the Alaska court for access to his son or daughter. The court must grant visitation, unless the mother can demonstrate that the father poses some risk of harm to child’s safety or welfare (child abuse, domestic violence, substance abuse, mental health issues, etc.).
  • File for custody — Typically, fathers in paternity cases are granted visitation at first, but once they have established a commitment and fitness as a parent, they can petition for shared custody or even full custody.

Alaska Paternity Action and Child Support Lawyer

Maurice Ellis has litigated on both sides of paternity actions, including contempt of court to force the dad to pay child support and contempt of court against mothers who refuse visitation. If you are dealing with the fallout of an unplanned pregnancy, as the mother or father, Mr. Ellis will explain and assert your rights under Alaska law.

Call 907-258-1239 or contact us online to arrange a consultation. The Law Office of Maurice N. Ellis offers a 10 percent discount to active duty military personnel.