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Fathers' Rights Lawyer in Long Island

Protecting Fathers' Parental Rights in Long Island

There are cases in which fathers' rights are violated, whether in child custody, visitation, or a dispute over paternity. At our firm, Jonathan E. Kroll & Associates, PLLC, we are zealous advocates for fathers' rights, and we urge you to get in touch with our Long Island fathers' rights attorney if you have a legal matter regarding your parental rights pending. Unmarried fathers formerly had a great challenge in gaining access to their children. Unwed fathers who want to be involved in their children's lives still can have difficulty, and may be forced to take a paternity test to prove that they have the right to play a role in the upbringing of children. There are two ways that paternity could be established. One is when the father voluntarily signs an Acknowledgement of Paternity form, and the other is by petitioning the court to determine paternity.

The Benefits of Establishing Paternity for Unmarried Fathers

The establishment of paternity can have great benefits to those fathers who want to be involved in the raising of a child born out of wedlock. This process allows for the legal establishment of parental rights, having the father's name on the child's birth certificate, the right to court ordered custody and visitation, and the right to have a say should the mother choose to put the child up for adoption. If the paternity of the child is in question, the court can order the mother, child and father to submit to DNA testing to determine parentage. If the alleged father is found to be the biological father of the child, an "order of filiation" is filed declaring the man to be the father of the child. Either parent can then pursue legal matters such as custody, visitation and support. These are all very important matters and should be addressed as early as possible after the birth of the child.

Fathers' Rights in Divorce

At one time, the court system was much more likely to grant custody to the mother in a divorce. Times have changed, and there is no difference in parental rights between mother and father. This doesn't mean that the natural bias towards a mother has completely been dispelled; your attorney must take the right actions to ensure your right to fair treatment as a father of children is upheld throughout every step of the divorce process. If you are the parent that played a larger role in the upbringing of your children, the court could allow for your children to live the majority of the time with you, with visitation rights granted to the mother.

The family unit is evolving and there are more types of families than in past times, and fathers should expect the same consideration by the courts as mothers have with regard to parental rights. At our firm, our Long Island fathers' rights lawyer will advocate for your rights as a father. We know how important it is to you that you have the ability to influence your children, care for your children, and be parent to them in every way possible. Matters such as schooling, religious affiliations, health care and other matters come into play. We are concerned that fathers are protected with regard to their parental rights, and that everything possible is done to pursue justice in this important issue.

Mr. Mom: The Stay-at-Home Dad in Long Island, NY

Both men and women now serve as the primary caregiver to their children. The woman in the marriage may go off to work each day, with the father staying home and playing the role that in past years belonged strictly to women. This has been a great advantage for many loving fathers who greatly enjoy the duty and responsibility of bringing up and caring for their children. Thankfully, society as a general rule, no longer considers this arrangement unusual. The stay-at-home dad may be the best choice as primary custodial parent when the spouses divorce. It is important that your lawyer makes it very clear to the court (when the case is litigated) the major role that you played in the upbringing of your children. You will have, under state law, the exact same rights as a mother. We make sure that our clients are treated fairly, and we fight to uphold their parental rights in any type of legal challenge.

Contact our Long Island fathers' rights lawyer immediately if you have a legal issue regarding your parental rights.

Jonathan E. Kroll & Associates, PLLC - Long Island Divorce Attorney
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