Clearwater Paternity & Father’s Rights Attorney
Children born outside of marriage is not an unusual event. When parents are unwed, the father of the child, in order to obtain the rights and responsibility that a married father would have, must take additional measures. To assist you in figuring out this legal process and to help you obtain the rights you so deserve, you need the expertise of a qualified Father’s Rights Attorney.
How the Law Addresses Paternity
The law not only address the rights and responsibilities of unwed parents in connection to their minor child, they provide strict rules covering financial support, parental recognition, custody, decision-making, and time-sharing.
Proof is necessary for you to be acknowledged as the legal father of a child. At the time of birth, married parents are automatically assumed to be the legal parents of the child, however, it is different for unwed parents. Further measures are to be taken in order to prove parentage. If the father is present at birth and subsequently signs the birth certificate, such act proves his acceptance of the child to be his own. In the case where he fails to sign the birth certificate, by filing an Acknowledgment of Parentage with the courts, he is able to obtain his status as a father.
Protecting Your Child
In the matters of child protection, the topic of paternity is important. There will come a time where the child may need alternative care or housing, whether short or long-term, caused by domestic violence, mental illness, psychological condition, or an inability to care for the child by the mother. If parentage is established, the child would be secure knowing that he/she has a caring parent, instead of being removed to state or temporary guardianship. Through establishing your rights, you can make sure that the child is receiving sufficient care despite not being the custodial parent because you can legally act on the child’s behalf.
Proving or Contesting Paternity?
There are numerous circumstances in the issue of parentage where legal assistance is required. First is when proving parentage and gaining rights with regards to your child. On the flip side of the coin is contesting or denying parentage. Information may sometimes be given to a man that leads him to think that the child he has taken responsibility for is not his actual biological child. An expert family lawyer who has experience with parentage cases will be able to help you get through these matters successfully.
Free Consultation with an Experienced Father’s Rights Lawyer
We are ready to help you! If you find yourself needing help in proving or contesting paternity, obtaining access to your child, or have legal queries regarding Father’s Rights, contact us! We offer all our new clients a FREE 15-minute phone consultation to discuss how we can work together.
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