Grand Rapids Paternity Attorney | Paternity Lawyer Grand Rapids Michigan

When you are facing a paternity action and have questions about your options in the Grand Rapids area, it is important to have the representation of a good paternity attorney.  Krupp Law Offices P.C. has been providing quality paternity representation for over 85 years.  If you are facing a paternity matter and have questions, call the attorneys at Krupp Law Offices P.C. for a free phone consultation.  During your phone consultation, our attorneys will provide you with immediate answers to your questions and schedule an appointment with one of our attorneys.



A paternity action is a lawsuit involving a child born out of wedlock. A paternity action determines who the mother is and who the father of a child is. In addition, a paternity judgment states which party has custody, which party has parenting time, child support, and how uninsured medical expenses will be divided between parties.

The Michigan paternity statute requires father to pay the medical bills associated with the birth of the child (confinement costs).he first issue in a paternity case is a determination of the father. Occasionally, a paternity complaint will name more than one defendant (possible fathers). 

A paternity action is started by either the mother or the father of the child. The paternity complaint alleges: (1) the mother of the child, (2) the father of the child, (3) the approximate date of conception, (4) the date of birth of the child, and (5) the statutory duty of father to pay costs of confinement. Typically, a determination of the father is done by DNA testing. It takes less than one week for results of the test. The DNA testing is typically conclusive with a 99 percent accuracy rate.

Once the court determines the father of the child, than the court must determine custody, parenting time or visitation, child support, and other issues related to the child.  These issues are resolved pursuant to the child custody statute and child support statute. At this point, a divorce and a paternity action are very similar (for more information on custody and support referred to the custody and support sections of  KRUPP LAW OFFICES PC.

A paternity action may be started by the father or the mother of a child. If the mother was on Medicaid during the birth of the child or the mother and child are receiving ADC benefits (welfare), than the state will pursue a paternity action on behalf of the mother. This is done to obtain reimbursement for the state because of benefits the state is paying on behalf the child.

In addition, the paternity act requires the county prosecutor to determine the paternity of children born out of wedlock. An attorney will typically charge between 1,000 and 1,500 dollars to handle a paternity manner.  The mother of the child may request that the prosecutor's office pursue a paternity action on her behalf. However, a private attorney will handle a matter faster and give more individualized attention.  The prosecutor's office has a large caseload which makes it very difficult for them to spend a large amount time on each case.  Considering the complexities, it is not recommended that an individual attempt to pursue a paternity action without legal assistance. 


If you are facing a paternity case, a good paternity attorney is not optional, it is a requirement! Our paternity attorneys can answer your questions with straight talk. Having the right paternity attorney on your side can relieve your stress during this difficult situation. Our Attorneys have over 85 years of paternity experience.Our attorneys have extensive paternity trial experience including child support, child custody, and other serious paternity related issues. 

Typical fees to retain attorney for a paternity case can range and from 1,500 dollars to as high as 5000 dollars. Considering the seriousness of this life changing event, it is extremely important to retain the services of an experienced attorney in the area of paternity.

Krupp Law Offices P.C. is located in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan and has the rights paternity attorney for you. We represent clients in all paternity matters throughout West Michigan, including the cities of Grand Rapids, Holland, and Grand Haven, and the counties of Kent, Ottawa, Allegan, Barry, Newaygo, Montcalm, Muskegon, and Ionia.

Christian Krupp

CEO & Founder

Christian G Krupp II was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan.Chris attended Michigan State University and graduated in 1988.He attended Thomas M. Cooley Law School where he was a member of law review and one of the few students that had his law review article published.Christian Krupp graduated from law school with honors in the top ten percent of his class.His legal career started and Dykema Gossett, Michigan’s largest law firm.While at Dykema, he was involved in a diverse practice groups including the corporate, finance, and legislative areas.After leaving Dykema, Christian Krupp joined the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office.While at the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office, Christian Krupp gained valuable trial experience.He prosecuted many major felonies including Criminal Sexual Conduct, Possession with Intent to Deliver Cocaine, and numerous misdemeanors including drunk driving.After leaving the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office, Christian Krupp joined his parents’ practice and formed Krupp Law Offices PC in 1992.

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George Krupp

Creative Director

George Krupp was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan.He was admitted to practice law in 1961 and started practice in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1962 in the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office.After years of success in the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office in Grand Rapids, Michigan, George Krupp left for private practice where he has worked for over fifty years.Over his fifty years of experience he has represented thousands of clients in civil and criminal cases.His primary concentration has been in domestic (family law / divorce cases) and criminal cases.George Krupp’s experience in family law matters includes handling thousands of divorce, child custody, alimony, and paternity cases.With his years of experience, no one in Grand Rapids or West Michigan has handled more divorce matters and taken more divorce cases to trial.As a former Kent County Assistant Prosecutor in Grand Rapids, George Krupp has used his skills to defend thousands of clients in serious criminal matters and drunk driving cases.

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