Protecting the legal rights of fathers in divorce, child custody and visitation, and paternity matters.
Fathers’ rights issues come up in a number of very important family law matters and generally center on a father’s parental rights regarding parenting responsibilities and access to his child. For far too long fathers have been overlooked in family court. Progress is being made throughout the U.S. regarding putting fathers on an equal footing with mothers in family law issues, but sometimes things do not move along fast enough. Just this past year, the Texas Equal Parenting Bill, HB 453, failed to be approved by the legislature. It is unfortunate that fathers are sometimes not granted due regard in Texas courts, especially considering the decisions of Texas judges effect the time they can spend with their child or their rights as a parent. If you have a legal issue regarding your rights as a father, contact Scott M. Brown & Associates. Our family law attorneys know that fathers deserve equal access to their children and we work to preserve the legal rights of fathers throughout legal battles.
What Do Fathers’ Rights Legal Issues Include?
Fathers’ rights are involved in a wide array of legal issues, including, but not limited to:
- Establishing paternity
- Child time sharing and visitation
- Right to be in contact with the child
- Ability to make decisions regarding the welfare of the child
- Divorce actions
- Protective orders and domestic violence allegations
- Stepparent adoptions
- Child support
- Relocation of a child
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A paternity test may be required in order to be legally established as the child’s father. In the event of divorce, there is a rebuttable presumption that the husband is the legal father of the child. This presumption can be overcome with evidence which would show that the husband is not actually the father of the child.
Once you are legally established as the father of a child, you are entitled to the same level of consideration as the mother of the child in regards to time sharing and parental rights. If you and the child’s mother cannot come to an agreement regarding child custody and visitation, then a family law judge will make the decisions for you. Custody and visitation involve more than just who will be spending time with the child and when, although that is a big part of it. It also concerns who will have the right to make important decisions that effect the welfare of the child. These decisions can relate to:
- Health care
- Religious and moral upbringing
A father holds an irreplaceable spot in a child’s life. Contact us to make sure your legal rights are preserved.
Despite ever evolving laws, fathers can sometimes feel like they will never be put on equal footing with mothers in family court. At Scott M. Brown & Associates, we are here to make sure the voices of fathers are heard in court. Our dedicated family law attorneys fight to protect the rights of fathers. Contact us today by calling (281) 612-8241 or go online.