Your Rights as a Father
It is very important to know that if you are a father who is seeking custody or visitation with your child, you have the same rights and opportunities as the child’s mother. Indeed, courts are not permitted to favor a child’s mother based on gender alone. Instead, in order to make a decision about custody of a child, a number of factors are considered, including both parents’ relationship with the child, who has provided the majority of care up until this point, each parent’s willingness to foster a loving relationship between the child and the other parent, each parent’s ability to provide care for the child, and more. In some cases, the child’s preferences may even be considered.
Before you have the right to seek any legal privileges involving your child, you must make sure that paternity has been established. If you were married to your child’s mother at the time of your child’s birth, you are most likely already recognized as the child’s legal father. However, if you were not married, you may not have legal rights unless you and your child’s mother have signed an acknowledgement of paternity, or a court has declared you a legal father. If you are not sure whether or not paternity has been established, or if you want to initiate paternity proceedings, call our law firm and we will gladly assist you.
We Work Hard to Protect Your Rights as a Father
Our lawyers work hard to protect your rights as a father, including the right to be acknowledged as the child’s legal parent, the right to seek custody or visitation with your child, and the right to make decisions about the child’s life and upbringing. In order to help you do the above, we work with experts who can offer testimony about your role in the child’s life, gain testimony from witnesses in your child’s life (such as grandparents, neighbors, teachers, friends, etc.), and compile evidence to highlight your responsibility and competence as a loving parent.
Call Our Schoharie County Fathers’ Rights Lawyers Today
Do not assume that because you are a father, you do not have any rights or are at an automatic disadvantage when seeking custody or visitation with your child. When you call our law offices, our skilled Schoharie County fathers’ rights lawyers will get to work immediately helping you to build a strong case and secure the outcome you’re fighting for. You can contact us today by calling our law offices directly, or sending us a confidential message using the contact form on our website.