With an increasing level of divorced or unmarried parents many Fathers, or soon to be fathers are having to turn to legal aid in order to preserve their Father’s rights. Fathers rights can include the right to time with his children, the right to be consulted before adoption, and the right to take paternal leave, but the first and most basic right a father has is the right to be a father. If due to any number of circumstances your right to being with your child, born or unborn is being threatened then it is time to take action to fight for what is yours. Life has a way of changing drastically when we are least expecting it. All of a sudden, things can take a very dramatic turn and can leave us scrambling to find solid footing. These events can happen to us not because of anything we did, but because of the selfish actions of others. If the fate of your family is at stake, then it is imperative that you take action quickly. It can be difficult to find a lawyer that is dedicated to providing clients with exceptional litigation services, passionate advocacy, and extensive knowledge regarding the laws that apply to the area you live in. But if you are willing to take the time to find a lawyer to protect you and your family, then you will be much more likely to receive a settlement that you are happy with. This blog post will detail some of the steps you can take to protect your rights as a father with assistance from a specialized fathers rights attorney.
The rights a father has of his child before it is born are unfortunately very limited. If the mother of the child wishes to abort or to keep the child after its birth the father has no legal right to say whether she should or shouldn’t. However, if the mother of the child is planning to put the child up for adoption, the father does reserve the right to object and petition for custody. There is some talk lately that a father should have a legal right to keep a child that the mother wishes to abort, though this is highly controversial. While the father can do very little before the child is born there are many more rights that the father receives upon the child’s birth and not all of them have to do with who gets custody, though that is very important.
Thanks to the federal Family and Medical Leave Act fathers may be allowed a twelve week, unpaid leave when a child is born or adopted. This is due to recent research which shows that families benefit greatly when the mother and father are both available during the first few months of a child’s life. This also helps to build a bond with the child during some very crucial formative stages. There are even some states that require a paid paternal leave, which can help your family to manage the cost of leaving work to care for a child. While you do have the ability, legally, to take three months off from work after the birth or adoption of your child, many fathers do not, due to the costs.
Except for a few specific circumstances including divorce or legal custody battles, a father has some basic rights which include the right to a continuing relationship with your children. Prevent adoption. Make decisions. Co-parent your child. If however, you are in the midst of a messy divorce or if you somehow find yourself in a situation where you could lose your custody rights, then you need to get legal representation. It will not only help explain to your options but it can also usher you through this emotional process. Fathers often do not get the same treatment as mothers when it comes to child custody issues. Fortunately, as long as they are equally capable of providing for their children’s, emotional, physical and social needs and have either maintained or have tried to maintain a relationship with their children the court cannot discriminate against fathers. You can do things throughout this process that will help you to receive as fair and, perhaps, favorable a settlement as possible. Attend practices, recitals, and doctors appointments for your child, if others see how involved and supportive you are they may be able to testify to that in your case. If something is keeping you from being able to do this legally you may be able to have Supervised visitations. While they may not be too comfortable, it will be apparent that you are making an effort to love and support your child. If you have a scheduled visit, do not miss it unless you are absolutely unable to be there. As soon as you are aware that you will have to be absent contact whoever has custody and do your best to reschedule. Things come up and you can not be held accountable for an act of God, but if you miss visitation frequently or without explanation you will not be taken seriously by a judge. The most important thing to do is to contact a fathers rights attorney to represent you and to give you guidance throughout your case.
There are many reasons why an individual might seek out a fathers rights attorney
Unfortunate events happen in life and sometimes there is very little we can do about them, however, there are things we can do to make them more manageable. Do not let factors like time or money get between you and proper legal representation, there are options available that make sure that everyone can receive legal representation of some kind. There should not be any reason for you to go through this alone or without assistance. Do your research and find a legal team who will go out of their way to make sure you receive the best settlement possible. Equip yourself with the necessary knowledge to assemble a legal team that will represent you and to guide you throughout the entirety of the legal process, and will help you fight for your right to your children. When it comes to family only the best will do like attorneys at Law Joseph M. Corey, Jr. P.A.