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Paternity disputes for father’s rights are becoming increasingly more common in divorces, and obtaining an attorney who is an expert in family law practice is essential if the father does not wish to have his rights impeded on.
When a married couple decides to get a divorce, one of the major conflicts of agreement is who is going to get custody of their minor children, how much custody, and if there are any visitation rights allowed.

Each case truly differs individually, and the deciding factor of who gets sole custody, if either parent does, depends greatly on a combination of the behaviors of each party that lead up to the divorce, and who, in the eyes of the court is a more suitable parent. Statistically speaking, the past has shown that the majority of cases go toward favoring the mother in a child custody battle; however, lately, more and more fathers are beginning to seek to reserve their rights as a father. There are now more attorneys that specialize in paternity disputes for this particular cause.

Paternity disputes for father’s rights are becoming increasingly more common in divorces, and obtaining an attorney who is an expert in family law practice is essential if the father does not wish to have his rights impeded on. Paternity disputes do not just encompass those who were married and are now disagreeing on who is going to be in charge of the child’s custody; but they can also pertain to those fathers of minor children who are not married to the mother of their child but still would like to have their rights as a father reserved. A paternity action does more than simply identify a man as the child’s biological father in the eyes of the law, but also is an opportunity for the father to use his rights for time sharing, decision-making, and the right to create a relationship with their child.

Even if a relationship between the mother and father is steady during the birth of their child, a father should still seek out to establish their rights as a parent in the eyes of the law. This is because if the relationship becomes bitter and filled with resentment, the father may be left pursuing an endless child custody battle with the mother in order to claim his rights to his child. If he does not succeed, the results could be life-changing and detrimental to both the father and the child. Obtaining a court order that recognizes and validates the father’s parental rights from the birth of the child is the safest route to take in order to ensure that the rights to the child will last longer than the father’s relationship with the mother does.   

On the other hand, the mother of the child has a right to file a paternity action against a man she believes to be the biological father so that the father becomes legally obligated to pay child support. There are instances in which a man can dispute the mother’s paternity allegation. In any of these aforementioned instances, it is best to employ a family law attorney who knows how to stand up for a father’s rights in order for them to have the best chance of a satisfying outcome.

 

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