Paternity Issues of Unmarried Fathers

A man is presumed to be a child’s legal father if he is married to the mother at the time of birth. Unmarried fathers have more complex legal issues to contend with, and it’s helpful for them to consult a family lawyer to ensure their parenting rights are protected. By legally establishing paternity, a father has the right to file a petition to establish paternity and to seek custody and visitation with their child, as well as make major decisions for the child’s upbringing.

You can hear more about common paternity issues by watching this video. It explains that unmarried fathers can establish paternity at the hospital when the child is born. Both parents must sign a voluntary declaration of paternity. Otherwise, if the mother refuses to sign this declaration, the father may need to go to court.

Singer & Associates provides effective legal advocacy services for fathers in Sacramento, CA. Call us today at (916) 922-5985 to discuss ways of establishing paternity and asserting legal rights.

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