Establishing paternity is important for a variety reasons that include both emotional and financial reasons for the child. It is helpful for unmarried parents to understand the process of establishing paternity and the impact it can have on them and the child.
The rights of unmarried fathers have often been compromised when it comes to their involvement in the day-to-day lives of their children. In recent times, however, fathers' rights have evolved and that has led to the "tender years' doctrine" of yesteryears-which said that a mother should have custody of a young child-taking a back seat. As a result of this development, there have been great advances in bridging the gap that historically existed between unmarried fathers and children born out of wedlock.
As past posts on this blog have noted, paternity is an important legal concept when it comes to preserving a man's parental rights. If a man is not legally recognized as a child's father, then he may lose opportunities to secure custody and visitation with his child, or to stop an adoption if the child's mother chooses not to keep the child. Paternity can be established through a variety of different genetic tests.
Ending a relationship can cause significant changes in the way that two parents choose to co-parent their children. Aside from the upheaval of having to live in separate homes and potentially shuttle their children from residence to residence to comply with the terms of their custody agreement or order, Arizona parents may have to overcome differences between them in order to serve their kids' needs. When parents choose to use their children to antagonize each other, parental interference may become an issue.
Becoming a parent is a wonderful, terrifying and life-changing experience. No matter how much a Phoenix resident attempts to prepare for the day their child is born into the world, they cannot anticipate the many questions, concerns and other issues that they will face when their baby is finally in their arms. Many of the problems that new parents run into are universal and experienced by individuals across the world. Some, however, are unique and require distinctive experience and support to resolve.
Parenthood is an honor for many people who hope and plan for the days that they will be able to bring their own kids into the world. However, not all Arizona residents desire to be responsible for children, and therefore, they may choose not to have kids or to become parents through adoption. Not having kids is a right that individuals may assert, but when a man is alleged to be a child's father and is caught in a paternity case, he may need to develop a deep understanding of paternity law.
There is a historical presumption that children, in custody situations, will always be placed in the primary care of their mothers. This may have to do with traditional parenting roles that mothers and fathers took on in the past, which often involved fathers working outside of their homes to earn money while mothers stayed home to take care of the couples' children. Any Arizona parent in 2018 knows, though, that this somewhat outdated model is not the norm for all families.
Simply because an Arizona mother claims that a certain man is the father of her child does not make it the truth. Determining paternity is an important factor in a child's upbringing and care. Frequently, there are cases in which it is not automatically known who the biological father of the child is. Fathers also want to know for certain whether they are a child's biological parent as this will significantly impact fathers' rights and other issues. One area that both presumed or alleged parents should understand is what the law says about presumption of paternity.