Unmarried Parents Visitation
Even in a case in which the father’s identity is not in dispute, it is important to seek the advice of an experienced family law attorney. The Court, in a paternity suit will not only determine the father’s identity, it will establish child support, set visitation schedules, and assign rights and duties (this is where the Court says otherwise to the general rule that Mom and Dad are equal until the court says . . . More important, it is the Father´s duty to ask the Court for conservatorship and access to the child being supported. Mom certainly will not bring it up, she will only ask for financial support – after all, why give up the power when she does not have to do so. And do not think the Attorney General will handle this part automatically, the AG has only one obligation, get the money. Therefore, it is up to you, the putative father to seek out your rights.
An experienced family lawyer can help you understand your rights and responsibilities as a mother or father under a variety of circumstances including:
- Conservatorship issues after the end of a relationship between unmarried parents
- Nonbiological father’s rights
- Disputes between biological fathers and the mother’s family that affect access to children
- Child support enforcement or modification issues
- Interstate or international parental relocation proposals
- Adoption and issues relating to termination of a biological father’s parental rights
The resolution of these problems can be expected to depend on how well each single parent can demonstrate that his or her proposed objective will affect the interests of the children. Our lawyers can help you develop your goals and present your case in terms that will show your commitment to a strong relationship with your child.