As a father, it can seem like you are up against countless obstacles when going through a divorce or separation. Even just establishing your rights as a father can be challenging. Father’s rights cases can often stem from paternity issues. Whether a father is fighting to gain custody rights or simply prove parenthood, knowing what their rights are can help them navigate this difficult time.
The attorneys at Copus & Copus are well aware that fathers often face a unique set of challenges in all divorce, paternity, and separation matters. With over 30 years of collective experience, our team has been able to hone specific strategies to ensure that fathers are treated fairly and are able to fully exercise their rights.
Recognizing Father’s Rights Issues
Whether you are going through a divorce or are unmarried, it’s possible to find yourself dealing with a myriad of issues regarding your role as a father. Many of these issues are common in divorces as well, but are further complicated by the unmarried status of the parents in question.
Common father’s rights issues include:
- Child support
- Child custody, shared time, and visitation
- Petitions to establish paternity
- Relocation issues
- Obligations tied to the birth certificate signing
Signing the birth certificate
On the other side of the coin, there are certain situations in which men can become legally responsible for children who are not theirs. Signing the birth certificate legally binds a man as “the father” to a child in the eyes of the law and it’s possible, even after discovery that the child is not his, he will have to continue to pay child support.
These instances can be difficult to resolve, but if the circumstances are compelling enough, they can be presented in court with proper representation. Just as courts usually favor a child’s best interests in support situations, their best interests are heavily favored in these cases, even if the man who signed the birth certificate is found not to be the biological father.
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the disadvantages fathers have in the eyes of the law, but that does not mean you shouldn’t fight to have your voice heard. Our firm has provided assertive, emphatic counsel in these cases and has helped countless fathers take a strong stand in court.
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Retain the influence in your child’s life you both deserve. Call Copus & Copus, P.A. today at 850-659-2230 to schedule an appointment today.