Huntsville Family Law Attorneys Bring More Than 45 years of Combined Experience to Paternity Cases

A reputable firm known throughout the community for hands-on family law services

Fatherhood brings incredible joy, but also very serious responsibility. Alabama law recognizes that fathers have certain rights and obligations. However, in situations where paternity of a child is unknown, determining parentage is an important precursor to accessing rights or enforcing obligations. These can be very sensitive issues which the family law attorneys at Watson McKinney, LLP treat with the utmost compassion and confidentiality. With more than 20 years of experience, attorney Rebekah McKinney leads the firm’s Huntsville family law practice.

An approach that is tailored to your particular needs and circumstances

No two paternity cases are the same. Some are initiated by the natural mother of a child who is seeking to collect child support from the purported father. Other cases are brought by men who wish to establish paternity of a child in order to enforce custody rights. Our firm also handles cases on behalf of men seeking to disprove a genetic tie with a child.

If you find yourself in one of these situations, we encourage you to contact us quickly for an initial consultation. No matter the circumstances, you can trust us as North Alabama’s resource for legal representation in paternity cases.

How does the court determine paternity?

Paternity is proven or disprove through genetic testing. Depending on the circumstances through which a paternity case arises, an individual either voluntarily submits to this test or is ordered to do so by the court.

Compassionate counsel from beginning to end in paternity and related cases

Paternity cases can be stressful but attorney Rebekah McKinney is by your side from day one. She guarantees a hands-on approach to navigating you through the process to a fast resolution. Attorney McKinney also provides comprehensive family law services that cover legal issues arising from the results of a paternity test:

- Child custody – The law recognizes that it is important for a child to have a relationship with its father. Once paternity is established, therefore, a father can seek to enforce visitation rights or gain custody of his child.  

- Child support – A father who has gained custody following a paternity test may be eligible to receive child support. Additionally, a child’s mother may be entitled to receive child support payments from a father once parentage of the child is established.

Are you dealing with issues of paternity? Contact our Huntsville family law firm for competent treatment of your most sensitive legal matters

Establishing or disputing paternity of a child can be an emotional experience. At Watson McKinney, LLP we treat all cases with sensitivity, while seeking swift resolution. Clients benefit from Rebekah McKinney’s vast experience in paternity cases and the many legal issues that accompany a paternity determination. To schedule an initial consultation with attorney McKinney, contact us online or call 800-294-5112. We charge an initial consultation fee of $325 in order to dedicate the time necessary to fully understand your case and map out your options. Our robust family law practice is a resource for families throughout North Alabama. Rely on us to help you, too.

Our office is located in the Regions Building in Downtown Huntsville, Alabama.


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200 Clinton Ave W, #110

Huntsville, Alabama 35801-4810


Phone: 256-536-7423 | Toll Free: 800-294-5112

Fax: 256-536-2689

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We serve the following localities: Jefferson County, Limestone County, Athens, Elkmont, Madison, Madison County, Gurley, Harvest, Hazel Green, Huntsville, New Market, Toney, Morgan County, Decatur, Hartselle, Shelby County, and Birmingham.




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