246 W. Commonwealth Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92832
Phone (714) 870-
Fax: (844) 273-
Welcome to the Law Office of Fullerton Paternity Lawyer Hugh Douglas Whittemore.
Devoted to preserving and protecting the rights of unwed mothers, men who are alleged to be fathers in paternity actions, and fathers who have acknowledged paternity or whose parental status has been verified via DNA testing, Attorney Doug Whittemore provides the highest quality legal representation.
A skilled and knowledgeable lawyer who possesses more than 35 years’ experience representing clients in Fullerton and throughout the region, Mr. Whittemore is pleased to provide honest, personalized legal counsel.
If you need experienced representation in a Paternity dispute, please contact Fullerton Paternity Attorney Doug Whittemore at (714) 870-
During your consultation Mr. Whittemore will meet with you to obtain a comprehensive understanding of your goals, objectives and expectations, and will provide you with the information necessary to allow you to make fully educated decisions.
Paternity is a legal determination of parentage that must be established prior to the issuance of orders for child support, custody and visitation.
Under California law, a presumption of paternity exists if a child is born to a marital couple or within 300 days of the termination of a marriage by death, divorce or annulment. However, this presumption may be overturned, if it is in the best interests of the children, when it can be proven that another individual fathered the child or children in question.
Regarding unwed couples, even if a Voluntary Declaration of Paternity was executed upon the birth of a child, parentage must still be formally established before court prior to the determination of custody, issuance of a support order, or granting of visitation rights. It should be noted that a Voluntary Declaration of Paternity may be rescinded within 60 days.
Fullerton Paternity Attorney Doug Whittemore represents clients in both contested and uncontested paternity actions, including:
When parentage is disputed, after filing a paternity action the court has the authority to order DNA testing. Based on these results, the judge will either enter an order of parentage or dismiss the suit.
If you are a man and you have been served notice of a Paternity action, it is crucial that you retain a lawyer as soon as possible. Failure to file a response within the required time period will result in a default judgment of parentage being entered against you, and setting aside or voiding a paternity judgment can be difficult.
For answers to all of your paternity questions, either complete our Family Law Case Evaluation Form or call (714) 870-
The Law Office of Hugh Douglas Whittemore proudly represents clients in a broad range of Family Law matters, including paternity actions, in Fullerton and throughout Orange County. Mr. Whittemore has the skills and knowledge to help you with your parentage action and any subsequent matters pertaining to custody, visitation or support.