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Helping you assert your fathers' rights

When parents, married or not, part ways, this can impact the children involved. Every family has their unique story; thus, family law issues should be treated specifically to the family going through them. With regards to unmarried couples, there could be an issue of fathers' rights. A mother might be seeking sole custody, proving the assumed father limited visitation rights or no rights at all. A father might seek to assert his parental rights, seeking visitation or custody rights. And in some instances, a presumed father might be attempting to prove that he is not the father of the child, relieving him of any parental responsibilities.

Fathers deserve a fair opportunity to be with their kids

Parents in Arizona understand the special love that can only develop between them and their children. Loving a child is like no other experience, and even when children misbehave and make them crazy, parents would do anything to ensure their kids' health and happiness. This strong connection does not diminish when parents choose to separate or divorce from their partners and create custodial and visitation schedules through which to share their children.

Child's best interests may lead to father gaining custody

There is a traditional notion throughout the country that women are the better caregivers to their children than men. This may stem from the common past practices of husbands working outside of the home while wives stayed with the couple's kids and attended to their daily needs. Parents in Arizona know, though, that things have changed. Families do what they need to put food on the table and to make sure that their children have what they need to thrive.

How can a man challenge the paternity of a child?

It is often the case that when an Arizona man learns that he will be a father that he embraces his new role and the prospects of being involved in his child's life. Becoming a parent is a huge step and while not every person who finds out that they are expecting a child is prepared for the news, most rise to the occasion to provide their children with opportunities and love.

Ways a man may be proven to be a child's father

Although their relationships do not always last, men and women who reside in Arizona bring children into the world that they must raise and care for until the children are no longer dependents. When a man and woman are married at the time a child is born it is generally presumed that the child is the offspring of the woman's husband. However, not all babies are born to married individuals and this post will discuss how paternity may be proven in the state of Arizona.

Why is it important to establish paternity of a child?

Not that far into the past many Arizona families fit into a standardized mold that included a father, a mother and any number of children born to the parent's marriage. Such familiar structures were common, but today families take on many different forms. While in some cases the two parent structure still exists, today it is just as common for families to include single parent homes, mixed families and families in which grandparents or other third parties take active roles in the raising of youths.

Fathers have rights to custody and time with their children

Generations ago it was significantly more common for mothers to stay home with the children born to their marriages and to forego work outside of the home as their husbands took on careers and earned the money that supported the family. Since mothers were seen as the primary caregivers of the children it was more likely that they would be granted custody of their kids in the event that their marriage to their husbands ended.

What is paternity fraud?

Paternity fraud impacts fathers' rights and has consequences for child support payments, among other things. It takes place when a mother knowingly misidentifies a man as the biological father of her child. This fraud also occurs when she suspects that the man identified on the birth certificate is not genetically connected to the child.

What are some DNA tests that can be used to establish paternity?

A child born to unmarried parents in Arizona can still truly be loved by both, even if the parents are no longer in a relationship with one another. However, an unmarried father has to take certain steps in order to legally be considered the child's father. Until legal parentage is established, an unmarried father may not be able to exercise his fathers' rights, including his right to pursue parenting time with his child.

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