Do I Have Rights If I'm Never Married To My Child's Mother?

Nov 2, 2018


Welcome to the Law Office of Stanley E. Robison, Jr., a trusted legal resource for matters related to family law. If you are a father who is not married to your child's mother, it is crucial to understand your rights and responsibilities. In this comprehensive guide, we will delve into the legal aspects concerning unmarried fathers and provide you with the necessary information to navigate this complex area of family law.

Understanding Paternity Rights:

As an unmarried father, establishing paternity is the first step towards securing your legal rights. In most jurisdictions, biological fathers must legally establish paternity to assert their rights and responsibilities. This can be done through a voluntary acknowledgment of paternity or by seeking a court-ordered paternity test. Once paternity is established, you can take proactive steps to protect your legal rights.

Child Custody and Visitation:

When it comes to child custody and visitation rights, unmarried fathers have the same legal standing as married fathers. The court's primary focus is always the best interests of the child. Factors such as the father's involvement in the child's life, stability, and ability to provide a nurturing environment can significantly influence custody decisions.

It's important to note that joint custody, where both parents share equal responsibility, is often preferable in the eyes of the court. However, if circumstances warrant it, sole custody may be awarded to one parent. In either case, courts encourage both parents to maintain a healthy and meaningful relationship with the child, and visitation rights are typically granted to non-custodial parents.

Child Support Obligations:

Unmarried fathers also have financial obligations towards their children. Child support laws vary by jurisdiction, but generally, the court will determine the amount based on the income of both parents and the child's needs. It's essential to consult with a knowledgeable family law attorney to understand your rights and obligations regarding child support.

Legal Protection for Unmarried Fathers:

While married fathers generally have automatic legal rights and protections, it is crucial for unmarried fathers to take proactive steps to safeguard their interests. Some common legal tools and options include:

  • Paternity Establishment: Ensuring your name is on the child's birth certificate or establishing paternity legally.
  • Custody and Visitation: Seeking legal custody arrangements that provide you with parenting time and decision-making authority.
  • Child Support Enforcement: Taking appropriate legal action if the mother fails to fulfill her child support obligations.
  • Modification of Orders: Seeking modifications to custody, visitation, or child support orders when circumstances substantially change.

Seek Qualified Legal Representation:

Dealing with matters related to father's rights as an unmarried parent can be legally complex, emotionally challenging, and life-altering. It is crucial to seek professional legal assistance to understand your rights and ensure the best possible outcome.

The Law Office of Stanley E. Robison, Jr. specializes in family law matters and has a successful track record of representing fathers. With our vast experience and expertise, we can provide you with tailored legal guidance and assertively advocate for your rights as an unmarried father.

Contact Us Today:

If you find yourself in a situation where you need legal assistance regarding your rights as an unmarried father, don't hesitate to contact us. Our dedicated team is here to provide the support and legal representation you deserve.

Call the Law Office of Stanley E. Robison, Jr. at [phone number] or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation. Take control of your rights as an unmarried father with the help of our experienced legal team.