It is widely held that fathers have next to no rights when it comes to child custody and child support in a divorce proceeding. While this may have been true in the past, it is less true today. However, a gender bias still exists, and as a father you need to be aware of it when going into court to fight for custody of your children. In households with dual incomes, consideration is given equally to both parents when determining who will have custody of the children and who will owe child support to whom. No matter how much times have changed you need to have legal representation from a Covina divorce lawyer to ensure that you are presenting the best possible case to the court on your behalf. When it comes to fathers' rights, the courts first priority is ensuring that the child's best interests are being taken into consideration. In most cases, the courts will be in favor of the child having a relationship with both parents. This may include joint custody or visitation for the non-custodial parent.
If you have not established the paternity of your child it may become essential for you to do so. If paternity is not established, and the parents are not married, the father has no legal responsibilities to the child. Conversely, if the parents are married, paternity will be assumed, even if it is not certain. In order to make sure that your child is properly cared for it may become necessary for paternity to be established.
At the Law Offices of Paul A. Eads, A.P.C., I understand how important it is for a father to exercise his parental rights and have a strong and healthy relationship with his children. This is why it is essential that you contact my firm as soon as possible so that I can represent you in these proceedings. My firm has handled countless divorce cases and is ready to aggressively fight for your paternal rights.
Contact a Covina fathers' rights lawyer from my firm today if you have concerns about having your parental rights taken away from you during your divorce.