Father's Rights in Orange County
According to California Family Code, you would be presumed to be the father of a child born within a marriage or within 300 days of the end of a marriage. If your child is born outside of marriage, then you may not have legal rights over the child. While this can mean that you will not be court-ordered to pay child support, this also means that you cannot claim right to child custody or visitation rights. If you want to preserve your rights as a father, you have to take legal action, and there are a number of ways this can happen.
How do you obtain father's rights in Orange County?
An unwed father cannot be a legal parent without filing a Declaration of Paternity with a court. Now, if you married the mother after the child's birth, you can still have the rights of a father if you voluntarily signed your name as the father on the birth certificate of the child. You would also be legally considered the father if you voluntarily pledged to or are ordered to pay child support.
At the birth of a child born out of wedlock, there is a chance for both parents to voluntarily sign a declaration of paternity before witnesses, which establishes legal parenthood for both parties. If you need to establish paternal rights at a later date, you may be able to declare yourself the natural father of the child with the mother's consent, or if she decides to put the child up for adoption. If you are present at court to bring an action of declaring paternity, you have the right to a paternity test. Then you can take the next steps to be legally declared the father, with its attendant rights and duties. With something this important, you do not want to work without skilled legal counsel.
Experienced Mission Viejo Family Lawyer Can Help You with Your Paternal Rights
For over more than 30 combined years, The Hunter Law Group has been committed to finding the best solution for families, and we are especially dedicated to achieving what is best for the child. Most courts realize that it is usually best for a child to be with both natural parents, and if this is your case, then we will passionately fight for you to retain your full parental rights.
Let us help you successfully navigate the pertinent legal matters, especially when the matters closest to your heart are involved. Family lawyers at our firm can help safeguard your child's future. We offer a case evaluation to help you get started. If you have any further questions and want to reach a skilled advocate devoted to your family's best interests, do not hesitate to contact The Hunter Law Group today!
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