Parentage Disputes

The Wald Law Group is one of the very few law firms with extensive experience handling contested parentage actions at both Trial and Appellate court levels. Ms. Wald personally worked on many of the cases that established the current rules by which California courts determine legal parentage, and she is nationally recognized for her work advocating for lesbian non-biological mothers being denied access to the children they have helped raise.

The Wald Law Group takes a child-centered approach to parentage disputes, generally trying to resolve these cases to the full extent possible through mediation and negotiation in the best interests of the children. However, when litigation is called for, the attorneys at The Wald Law Group have the experience necessary to handle what are often very complex cases from beginning to end, including through the appeals process if necessary.

Although they are based in San Francisco, given their specialized expertise in this area the attorneys at The Wald Law Group handle parentage matters throughout California, frequently working as consultants or co-counsel to local attorneys in order to assure that all appropriate legal arguments are made at trial and a strong record created for appeal.

Ms. Wald has had three parentage appeals published in the last five years: S.Y. v. S.B (2011) 201 Cal.App.4th 1023, V.S v. M.L. (2013) 222 Cal.App.4th 730, and In re D.S. (2014) 230 Cal.App.4th 1238.  For more information on appellate matters, see Appeals.