Houston Family Law Attorney
What Are My Legal Rights as a Father?
It is a commonly-held belief that mothers are given the advantage when
it comes to
child custody matters. However, the times are changing, and the laws are undergoing
many amendments to address this. Studies show that children thrive when
they have both parents playing an active role in supporting a child’s
growth and development.
This is why fathers need legal representation just as mothers do. At the
Law Office of Kathryn Marteeny, we offer skilled, knowledgeable, and compassionate legal representation.
family lawyers are committed to maintaining strong familial ties, particularly
after a divorce.
A Father’s Rights and Responsibilities
Is paternity an issue? Before a father can assert his rights, he will need
to establish his legal stance as the child’s father. If he claims
to be the biological father, he may be ordered to undergo a paternity
test. Once paternity has been established, the courts can then issue the
father’s right to custody and/or visitation.
Fathers are given the following rights and responsibilities after establishing
- Retain joint or full custody.
- The right to adequate visitation.
- The right to obtain a fair child support order.
- The right to modify the terms of a child support order due to a change
- Fight any unjust or unfair visitation orders.
- The responsibility to provide financial and emotional support to the child.
- The right to develop a lasting, meaningful relationship with the child.
There is much research has supported the claims that fathers play an integral
role in a child’s development. Children show to have higher levels
of self-esteem, perform better academically, and have a much easier time
adjusting socially. Our Houston divorce attorneys are proud to help families
adjust and prepare for the balancing act that is life after divorce.
Protect Your Rights—Contact Us!
Our Houston family lawyers want you to continue having an active role in
your child’s life and overall well-being. We care deeply about retaining
your rights to continue having a fulfilling relationship, and we believe
there should be no barriers to how you wish to help your child succeed.
We are here to help you. Schedule a
initial case consultation to get started on your case today!