Southfield Fathers’ Rights Lawyers Protecting Your Rights As A Parent
Fathers are often at an unfair disadvantage in family law court since many judges’ decisions feel as if they favor mothers, who are often the custodial parent. However, if you are a father in Southfield, it’s important to understand that you have rights as the parent of a child. Do not assume that you cannot win your case simply because of a perceived bias by the court.
The fathers’ rights attorneys at American Divorce Association for Men (ADAM) have been advocating on behalf of men in Southfield for over 30 years. We understand the unique challenges you will face in court and know how to help you overcome them. Let us work tirelessly to protect your rights and your relationship with your children.
What Are Fathers’ Rights to Child Custody and Visitation?
As a father, you have the right to seek custody of or parenting time with your child. If the other parent is willing to cooperate, you may be able to reach a child custody agreement outside of the courtroom. But if an agreement cannot be reached, a judge will decide whether or not you should receive custody of your child, and the details of that custody arrangement.
The judge will consider many factors when making this decision, including your relationship with your child and ability to provide for your child. But ultimately, the judge will do what they believe is in the child’s best interest. That’s why it is so important to seek legal representation from an attorney who is committed to showing the judge that preserving your relationship with your child is in their best interest.
What Are Fathers’ Rights to Child Support?
Both parents have a legal obligation to financially support their child regardless of how involved they are in the child’s life. In Michigan, the court typically orders the non-custodial parent to make child support payments to the custodial parent. If you are named the primary custodian of your child, you may have the right to collect child support from your child’s other parent. Talk to our attorneys to determine whether or not you may be entitled to child support. A custody and parenting time arrangement can lead to you paying child support, receiving child support, or no child support.
Why is Establishing Paternity Important?
If two parents are married at the time of their child’s birth, the law will automatically assume that the husband is the child’s legal father. But if the parents are unmarried, the father will need to go through a process known as “establishing paternity” to become the child’s legal father. Unmarried fathers will not be able to enforce their parental rights to child support, child custody, or parenting time until they have established paternity.
How Can You Establish Paternity in Southfield?
There are two ways to establish paternity in the state of Michigan. First, both parents can sign an Affidavit of Parentage form that acknowledges the identity of the child’s father. If both parents sign this form, the father will be legally recognized as the child’s father. However, this is not an option in cases where the mother and father do not agree on the father’s identity. For example, if you believe you are a child’s father, but the mother believes someone else is the biological father, she will most likely not be willing to sign this form. Without her signature, you cannot legally establish paternity with this form. Therefore, this is only an option in cases where the mother and father agree on the identity of the child’s biological father.
If there is a dispute over the identity of the biological father, the case can be resolved in court. Either party can initiate a paternity case in court. The judge will typically order genetic testing to identify the biological father of the child. If the results show you are the child’s father, the court will officially establish your paternity, which means you will be legally recognized as the father.
You must go through this process to establish paternity if you are an unmarried father and you want to exercise your right to child support, child custody, or visitation.
Schedule A Free Phone Consultation With Our Fathers’ Rights Attorneys in Southfield
Fathers need strategic guidance and effective legal representation in order to protect their rights. If you are a father who is involved in a family law dispute, it’s in your best interest to reach out to our experienced fathers’ rights attorneys in Southfield. With decades of legal experience, our attorneys have the knowledge and resources that it takes to win complex family law cases on behalf of men in Michigan.
Learn more about your legal options and how we can help by contacting us today. To schedule a free phone consultation, call 248-356-2326 or submit your information using the form on this website.