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Several years ago, it was assumed that it is in the child’s best interest to stay with the mother. Times have changed, and research shows that being raised by both parents is essential for the positive development of a child. Now, in New York, the rights of a father are more protected than ever before. Fathers have taken an increased role as a stay-at-home parent while women are working full-time jobs. Even if this is the case, the mother can still have a claim to custody of the child, and a father may still face an uphill battle regarding child custody, child support, and visitation.
Nothing is guaranteed, and therefore it is essential to have an experienced divorce attorney at your side from the very beginning to ensure you have the proper representation. In New York, both the mother and father hold the same rights in family matters regarding their children, and equal consideration is always given. Let Hedayati Law Group P.C. help you take the next step in defining your parental rights, whether that means establishing paternity or building a defense to your claim. Our Long Island family lawyers are here to provide the seasoned counsel you need.
Establishing Paternity May Be Necessary
In parental rights disputes, you will be at a significant disadvantage if you cannot show that you are the biological father of the child. If you have any reason to doubt that you are the biological father, you should begin taking steps to establish your paternity. On the other hand, if you have reason to doubt that you are the father and do not believe you should be responsible for child support due to this biological division, establishing paternity is also advantageous. Mothers may also want to establish the official paternity for this same reason.
To establish paternity, you will want or need to:
- Discuss the option with the other potential parent of the child.
- Request a petition for paternity establishment if no agreement is made.
- Submit to DNA testing – no blood testing is used anymore.
What Parental Rights Can Get You
As the parent of a child, you are entitled to certain rights as well as specific obligations. Perhaps most importantly than all others is your right to see and raise your child. People who do not retain their parental rights often report feeling at a loss or that something in their lives is missing; in other situations, they worry that their child is being taught lessons or behaviors that they disagree with. Remember what you are really fighting for in a parental right dispute, for it is more than child support payments and visitation schedules.
Why Understanding Your Parental Rights is Important
As a parent, it is important to be aware of your parental rights. Understanding your rights can help you protect your relationship with your children and make informed decisions regarding their care and well-being. At Hedayati Law Group P.C., our experienced parental rights attorneys can provide you with the guidance and support you need to navigate the legal system and protect your rights as a parent.
Some of the reasons why understanding your parental rights is important include:
- Ensuring that you have a say in important decisions affecting your child's life, such as education and medical care
- Protecting your relationship with your child and ensuring that you have access to them
- Establishing or enforcing child support payments to ensure that your child's financial needs are met
- Protecting your rights in situations involving child custody, visitation, and relocation
- Preventing the loss of your parental rights in cases involving abuse or neglect allegations
At Hedayati Law Group P.C., we believe that every parent has the right to be involved in their child's life and make decisions that are in their best interest. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced parental rights attorneys and learn more about how we can help you protect your parental rights.