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Protecting fathers' rights to their children in Arizona

Pretty much every child in Arizona has a biological father and mother. Every family dynamic is different, but in order for a child to be conceived there must be a father and mother. How much involvement a mother or father has in a child's life after conception varies though. Some children are raised in a family where the mother and father are married and raise their children together. In these situations, a father's rights to their children are not an issue.

Proposed Arizona bill would change unwed fathers' custody rights

Many children are born out of wedlock in Arizona. In many of these types of situations, the father signs the birth certificate or a voluntary acknowledgment of paternity. This legal document formally establishes the father of the child. It is very easy to identify the mother of the child, as the mother gives birth, but that is not the case for the father. As a result, the law has developed this form to establish paternity.

Challenging a paternity test in Arizona

Many children in Arizona are born to parents who are not married. Despite this, many times the father is present and known to both the mother and child. However, this by itself does not establish paternity. There are a few legal steps that must occur before the establishment of paternity. Many times these steps are done voluntarily and there is not a dispute, but this is not always the case.

How does parenting time effect child support payments?

There are many fathers in Arizona who have children and are not currently married or are no longer in a relationship with the mother. In many of these situations, the father has a custody order and a child support payment each month. In addition to the custody situation, the father may have parenting time with the child. This is the amount of time the child is with the father.

Why is establishing paternity important for servicemembers?

There are many Arizona fathers serving in the military. Servicemembers have a very different life than civilians. They can be stationed in various locations and therefore have to move frequently. Also, they may be deployed for lengthy periods of time overseas. During these deployments they are separated from their family and managing family affairs is difficult. Family law issues such as paternity, child custody or child support may prove especially difficult.

How does one establish paternity in Arizona?

There are many fathers in Arizona who are not married to the mother of their child. In these situations, until paternity is legally established the father is not considered the legal father. Paternity is important to establish because without paternity a father has no legal rights to custody or parenting time with their child. That means the mother can make all the decisions and could legally not allow the father to ever see his child.

Parenting time guidelines in Arizona

There are many fathers in Arizona who are not married to the mothers of their children. This includes fathers who are divorced from the mother and those who were never married to the mother. In these situations, the fathers most likely have had to go through child custody proceedings in order to see their children. In general, fathers may feel that the system is stacked against them and that they will most likely not be able to see their children as much as the mother.

Establishing paternity and fathers' rights in Arizona

There are many children born in Arizona every year. Some are born into and raised by married parents. However, this is not always the case. Sometimes the child's parents are never married. Other times, the parents get divorced while the children are still minors. In these situations, child support and child custody become issues. These can be highly emotional situations and each situation is unique. However, in general, men may be treated a little differently under the law.

Fathers' rights: study shows fathers just as caring as mothers

There are many custody disputes in Arizona every year. Sometimes, these disputes start as a part of a divorce and others start between unwed couples who had a child together. For years, the general presumption was that the woman would receive custody of the children, especially when the children are younger. Women are generally seen as the caregivers in the family, and that they are more important for the child's upbringing than the fathers. However, recently there has been a push by men for fathers' rights in these disputes.

Dads seeking more custody rights in court

There are many fathers in Arizona who are either divorced or were never married to the mother of their child. Traditionally mothers received most of the custody rights and parenting time with the children in these types of situations. This was in large part because mothers were seen as the caregivers and many felt that it was more important for a child's upbringing to be with their mothers.

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