On April 15, a group of Texas fathers went to the state capitol in support of a bill that would give judges the option of granting equal physical child custody in a divorce. One of the fathers supporting the bill says he has been fighting for more access to his young son for 10 years and that in the previous month, he saw him for only 48 hours.
Paternity testing is an important part of many fathers' rights cases in Texas. If there is a dispute over who is the father of a child, one party may seek to establish paternity through a DNA test. Although most paternity tests are almost 100 percent accurate, there are some testing methods that are more accurate than others.
Unmarried men usually have a more difficult time making decisions for their child before and after they are born. This is because the woman carrying the child has certain rights to her body and her privacy. Sometimes this can make it difficult for unmarried fathers, or soon to be fathers, to feel like they are a part of the child's life and are able to make decisions for that child. However, all is not lost; there are a few options for fathers' seeking rights of their unborn child.
It is becoming more commonplace to see unwed mothers and fathers of children. If you are an unmarried father, you do have the right to be in your child's life. However, it may take some extra work to secure unmarried fathers' rights because your name may not be on the birth certificate. The Texas attorney general has listed some resources for those seeking paternity.
In our last post, we discussed the rights that unmarried fathers' are entitled to under the law. However, under Texas law, if a father does not have, at a minimum, joint custody, he is unable to make any real decisions for the child. This is why unmarried fathers should consider seeking child custody. If a father wants to make decisions and influence the child's life in a stronger way, the only way to legally do this is by achieving sole or joint custody.
As a father who is not married to your baby's mother, you will likely have questions about your legal rights. Many fathers may assume that they are at a disadvantage when it comes to child custody and visitation. However, unmarried fathers are guaranteed certain rights to their child under Texas law.
A father of a child may instinctively know to love and protect his child. But what about legal obligations? According to the Texas Family Code, a parent is obligated to do certain duties; these duties accompany their parental rights. These duties offer a certain guarantee to the child that the parent in obligated to meet certain criteria.
When it comes to divorce, most parents' first thoughts turn to their children. Child custody can be a battleground for a divorcing couple. If you believe the issue of child custody is a none-sum game, it may be best to pursue one specific type of custody. Fathers interested in majority custody should consider pursuing a sole-managing conservatorship, and the Law Office of Michael D. Tracton PC can help with this endeavor.
You're a good father. Or you want to be. However, the mother of your child is making it nearly impossible for you to spend any time with your child. Historically it has been difficult for unmarried fathers to preserve parental rights. However, times have changed and we at Michael D. Tracton PC believe fathers have every right to pursue their parental rights.
Fathers who are unmarried to their child's mother may have a more difficult time gaining paternal rights as mentioned in our most recent blog. The legal significance of this paternity goes farther than just a father's name on his child's birth certificate. There are several legal benefits and implications that change the responsibilities of father and the relationship with his child.