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At Hoff & Panzer, LLP, our attorneys represent both mothers and fathers in paternity actions.

Initiating A Paternity Action

Paternity actions begin with the establishment of paternity and a paternity action can be brought by either the father or the mother of the minor child.  They can also be initiated by the child support agency.  A paternity action may be addressed when the child is born or when an unmarried couple separate and need to determine each parent’s rights and obligations.


As part of the legal action, a signed and voluntary acknowledgment of paternity on file with the state can be considered a conclusive determination of paternity.  Where no such statement is on file, genetic tests may be ordered. 

Court Orders

As part of a paternity action, the court may enter orders for custody and placement of the child, child support, payment of birth expenses, responsibility for health insurance and allocation of the tax exemption for the child.  Until such time as paternity is established and orders are entered, it is presumed that custody and placement of the child is with the mother.  A legal determination of paternity is important to protect the rights of both mothers and fathers.

Hoff & Panzer, LLP Paternity Lawyers

Attorney Alan S. Hoff
Attorney Elizabeth M. Ryan-Panzer
Attorney Heather M. Claringbole
Attorney Katelyn Quigley

Free initial consultation

Our attorneys at Hoff & Panzer, LLP offer a free initial consultation for people seeking legal guidance and representation in family law, divorce, maintenance/alimony, child custody, child support, stepparent adoption, guardianships, personal injury, or real estate matters. Please call (920-749-2002) or e-mail our law office to arrange for a free initial consultation today.


Hoff & Panzer, LLP
600 Northland Ave., Suite 1
Appleton, Wisconsin 54911
Telephone: (920) 749-2002
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Wisconsin Geographic Area Served

Hoff & Panzer serves clients in Portage, Waupaca, Outagamie, Brown, Waushara, Calumet, and Winnebago Counties in Wisconsin. The Attorneys at Hoff & Panzer, LLP represent people across Northeast Wisconsin, including Appleton, Oshkosh, Neenah, Menasha, Green Bay, Waupaca, Chilton, Wautoma, Stevens Point and throughout the Fox Valley and Outagamie, Winnebago, Brown, Waupaca, Calumet, Waushara, and Portage Counties.

Hoff & Panzer, LLP

We serve clients in Appleton, Oshkosh, Neenah, Menasha, Green Bay, Waupaca, Chilton, Wautoma, Stevens Point, and throughout the Fox Valley and Northeast Wisconsin, including Outagamie, Winnebago, Brown, Waupaca, Calumet, Waushara, and Portage Counties.

600 East Northland Ave. Suite 1
Appleton, WI 54911

(920) 749-2002

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