Even if your child was born out of wedlock, you still have all of the same rights of a parent that had their child while married to the other parent. You can demand child custody, visitation rights, and child support whether you are the mother or the father. However, in order to prove that you are the father of the child to be awarded visitation, or to prove that an individual is the father and hold that person accountable for support, you will require the assistance of an experienced Greene County paternity lawyer. It may also be necessary to prove fatherhood with a DNA paternity test as well. Regardless of your specific situation, the compassionate family law attorneys with the Greene County offices of The Colwell Law Group, LLC are here to offer their legal assistance in every way possible.
Unmarried New York Mothers Have Rights
Food, housing, child care, medical care, and education all add up quickly, especially for a single mother. According to PIX 11 News, the average New York parents spend between $12,350 and $14,000 per year to raise their child. When you are on your own, in terms of providing all of these necessities, it can be virtually impossible to make ends meet or have anything left over. Even finding work that accommodates your child caring schedule can be extremely difficult. According to a recent survey and as reported by Forbes, the rate of unemployment for single mothers is nearly double that of married mothers. Because of this, fathers are required to pay child support to pull some of their weight. If you believe you know who the father is and wish to collect child support, you may need to establish his fatherhood with a court-ordered DNA test.