No longer are the days where a father's role in his child's life is considered less important than a mother's. If you are a father or suspect that you may be the father of a child, we will aggressively protect your right to be in your child's life.
If you believe you have fathered a child, there are very important steps that must be taken to protect your rights. One of the first steps is to establish paternity. The goal of a paternity suit is to establish who is or is not the natural parent of a child. Often times, this will require a DNA test. If the man is determined to be the father of a child, then he will be given legal rights to that child. Once paternity is established, then the court determines custody, visitation and support. Typically, a man who believes he is the father but has not been adjudicated the father of a child is not allowed visitation.
There are certain situations where a man is presumed to be the natural father of a child. Those situations are:
There are several things that fathers should avoid doing in paternity and/or custody cases. Examples are waiting too long to take action or failing to pay child support. These and other mistakes can have serious consequences and can put your parental rights at risk.
You deserve to have the best chance of a favorable outcome. Our firm is experienced in father's rights and will aggressively advocate on your behalf.
Contact us today for an initial consultation for your paternity and/or father's rights case.