Paternity Establishment & Unwed Fathers
Unmarried Fathers' Paternity Rights Are Not Automatic, Even When The Court Has Ordered Support Payments
You may have been faithfully paying child support and spending parenting time with your child since birth. However, you have no legal rights until they are established by a court order granting your custody and parenting time.
At our family law firm in Phoenix, Arizona, paternity rights lawyer Mark Werner exclusively represents men and fathers in family law matters. As a father himself, he will help you establish your right to participate fully in your child's life. Contact our office for a free consultation about establishing paternity and your rights as a father.
Unmarried Fathers' Paternity Rights: Parenting Time, Custody And Relocation
Once you have established paternity by filing a petition, you can establish your right to participate in decisions regarding your child. This includes decisions about religion, education and medical care (legal decision making/legal custody). You can also enforce your right to parenting time/visitation or physical custody.
Furthermore, your child's mother will not be allowed to dictate when you see your child or relocate out of state without an agreement or court order. Your parents will be able to develop a relationship with their grandchild. There is no investment you can make that has greater return than an investment in your relationship with your child.
Avoid Any Informal Support Payments That Are Not Documented
You should avoid "helping the mother out" with any cash payments, loan of an automobile or other undocumented child support. We will help you arrange to have any support you give toward your child's care be properly credited, so you are not exposed to future claims for back payments of child support. Working with an attorney now to establish your father's rights can help you avoid paying child support arrearages/back child support that might amount to tens of thousands of dollars.
Contact A Lawyer About Establishing Paternity
Our law firm exclusively represents men and fathers in the Phoenix, Arizona, area, and we are the only law firm in Arizona that represents only men in family law matters. Call us at 480-283-0352 or contact us online for a free initial consultation.