Houston Fathers' Rights Attorney

What Are My Legal Rights as a Father?

This is why At the Law Office of Kathryn Marteeny, we offer skilled, knowledgeable, and compassionate legal representation. Our Houston family lawyers are committed to maintaining strong familial ties, particularly after a divorce. Fathers need legal representation just as mothers do.

A Father’s Rights and Responsibilities

Is paternity an issue? Before a father can assert his rights, he will need to establish his legal standing as the child’s father. If he claims to be the biological father, he may be ordered to undergo a paternity test. A father is assumed to be the child's father if he was married to the mother and the child was born during the marriage. However, for unmarried fathers, the case may have other factors. Without a court order, a father does not have rights that the courts can enforce--even if he is the father designated on the child's birth certificate. 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 paternity:

  • 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 in circumstances.
  • 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.

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.

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 fathers' rights attorneys are proud to help families adjust and prepare for the balancing act that is life after divorce.

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Our Houston fathers' rights lawyers want you to continue having an active role in your child’s life and overall well-being. We care deeply about maintaining a strong family structure, and 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.

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