The Smith Law Offices, P.C. - In Arizona, you can establish a father's paternity by having both parents sign an acknowledgement of paternity form in the presence of a witness or notary. You will generally need a photo ID. You may even have been given this form when your baby was born. You don't even need to have a paternity test done.
If you're divorcing with children, you may have a disagreement with your divorcing spouse about how to share parenting time with the kids. If you can't agree, each of you will have to develop a proposed parenting plan to submit to the court. Then a judge will decide which plan provides for each parent's legal decision-making authority over the child and maximizes each parent's parenting time.
If you are getting a divorce in Arizona, you may be wondering why we're known as a "community property state." This is because we're one of only a few states that have organized marital property this way. Most states use an "equitable distribution" model.
In Arizona, the law assumes that the child of a married woman belongs to her spouse, but this is not always the case. When it is not, the parents need to establish legal paternity. This could be necessary, for example, when: