Parental Rights of Fathers in the South Bay
Torrance Divorce Attorneys Protecting Your Paternal Rights
When it comes to deciding
family law matters involving children, the court is not supposed to favor one parent
simply because of his or her gender. While the old-fashioned way of thinking
says that the mother is the nurturer and therefore the better parent,
the reality is that fathers are just as capable of being good parents
and have equal parental rights. For this reason, the courts are supposed
to give equal consideration to both mothers and fathers when it comes
to these types of family law cases.
If you are someone who needs to protect your fathers' rights in court,
you can find strong legal advocacy when you turn to Patricia Barberis,
A Law Corporation. Our law firm has
Torrance divorce attorneys who represent clients in Torrance and the Los Angeles area, as well as
in other parts of California. Do not hesitate to turn to our firm for
effective legal representation!
How We Can Assist Fathers
Here are some of the many different ways in which we can help fathers take
a stand for their rights:
Establish Paternity—If the mother of your child is claiming that you are not the father,
you can take a paternity test that officially settles the matter. Once
your DNA test shows that you are in fact the father, we can help you get
your fathers' rights recognized by the court. Establishing
paternity provides you with the right to claim child custody and visitation, and
it also makes you legally responsible for financially supporting the child.
Child Custody—If you and the mother of your child split up (either through divorce
or through the termination of a non-marital relationship), you have a
right to seek
child custody as long as you are the legal father. Our legal team can help you ensure
that you are being treated fairly by the court and that the best interests
of your child are being served. Whether you are seeking joint custody
or sole custody, we can provide you with solid representation!
Visitation—Some fathers prefer to seek
visitation rather than child custody. With visitation, the mother has primary custody
while the father is allowed to have regular visits with the child. This
may involve seeing the child on certain days or caring for the child on
certain weekends. Our law firm can assist fathers who are seeking their
rightful visitation time.
Right to Be Included in Adoption Decisions—If a child is going to be put up for adoption, the father must be
notified. This is because permission must be granted by both birth parents
or legal parents before a child can be put a child up for adoption, except
for in certain circumstances. In order to have the right to make an adoption-related
decision, it must be shown that the father actually made efforts to serve
as the child's parent. If this is not shown, the court might not recognize
the father's parental rights.
Our law firm has been serving clients throughout the South Bay since 1977.
With more than 50 years of combined experience between our attorneys,
we are well suited to represent you in your family law matter.
Contact Patricia Barberis, A Law Corporation to learn more about how you could benefit from our legal team!