Rights of an Unmarried Parent
If you need an experienced attorney’s advice about the obligations and rights of an unmarried parent, contact experienced Rochester family law attorney Michael D. Schmitt today to arrange a free consultation. At our law office, we advise and represent mothers and fathers on aspects of paternity under New York State law. Call us today for expert legal guidance.
Rights of an Unmarried Parent | Determining Paternity
Experienced Rochester family law attorney Michael D. Schmitt can guide you through the process of determining paternity, establishing a child support obligation, or dealing with the problems of unpaid child support after the relationship has been established. Child support shouldn’t be ordered before paternity has been admitted or proved, and no agreement between unmarried parents will stand in a court of law. The right to support belongs to the child, and parents can’t simply give it away. Our knowledgeable Rochester paternity lawyers can help keep it that way.
Rights of an Unmarried Parent | Custody and Visitation
Once paternity has been established—either through a DNA test or by other means—a father is able to get the same legal or physical custody rights and regular visitation as a divorced or separated parent. It’s usually necessary to first go to court to obtain official recognition of these rights. In some cases, it’s possible to negotiate arrangements with the child’s mother and present the agreement in court for approval. In other situations, however, you’ll need a court order over the other parent’s objections to establish a secure right of visitation or custody.
If you or a loved one is facing a paternity matter in New York, contact our office today to schedule a free consultation. Let our experience work for you. Rochester paternity lawyer Michael D. Schmitt treats every case with the attention to detail it deserves. Our mission is to preserve family relationships, and we will make sure that your rights are protected and your goals are met.
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