If you are a father in New York who is going through a divorce, or who is unmarried to your child’s mother and is seeking custody of, or visitation with, your child as such, you may assume that the deck is stacked against you. While historically the court has indeed favored mothers in custody battles, especially in cases involving young children, today, fathers’ rights are strongly protected and advocated for. At The Colwell Law Group, LLC, our experienced Schenectady County fathers’ rights attorneys are sensitive to your situation and know that you want a legal advocate on your side who means business.
Establishing Paternity in Schenectady County
In order to ensure that your rights as a father are protected in New York, it is essential that paternity is established. Establishing paternity is the legal way to establish parental rights over a child, including the right to seek custody of that child if you and the child’s mother are unmarried or separating. If you and your child’s mother were married at the time of your child’s birth, paternity has automatically been established. If you and your child’s mother were unmarried at the time of birth, you can establish paternity by:
- Signing a voluntary acknowledgment of paternity form; or
- Petitioning the court to establish paternity.
If paternity has not been established, we can assist you in doing so.