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Parental Right Of Unmarried Fathers

NEWSCENTER 5’S KELLEY TUTHILL LAYS OUT BOTH SIDES OF THIS LEGAL BATTLE. gt;gt; SHE SAYS SHE AND HER FORMER PARTNER DECIDED TOGETHER TO HAVE TWO CHILDREN, AGES FOUR AND SEVEN. gt;gt; I HAVE BEEN MOMMY SIN THERE

FIRST. NOW THAT WE HAVE GONE OUR SEPARA WAYS, OUR FAMILY NEEDS HAVE CHANGED, BUT I AM STILL MOM. gt;gt; SHE IS NOT MARRIED OR IN BIOLOGIC PARENT. gt;gt; WHAT IS AT ISSUE HERE IS

MY CLIENTS LEGAL RIGHTS AS THE ONLY MOTHER. WHAT SHE SEES IN THIS CASE IS PARENTHOOD THAT DOES NOT REQUIRE MARRIAGE, DOES NOT REQUIRE ADOPTION. THIS IS A VERY

IMPORTANT PRESIDEN, BECAUSE THEY ARE UP IN THE AIR, AND THIS IS UP IN THE AIR THIS DETERMINES WHAT DR. STACY, A WHEN THEY GO TO SCHOOL A WHAT RELIGION THEY

PRACTICE.

Rights of an Unmarried Father in Arizona

If you and the mother of the child are notmarried, fathers or guys, you do have rights. There’s a little bit more of a process thatyou have to go through, it’s not presumed that you are the father just because you mighthave had an intimate relationship with the woman who is either with child or is pregnant.What she would need to do is actually, it’s very similar to if you were married. But thenumber one thing that you have to do first is, you have to file a petition to establishpaternity. What that means is that you would either have to submit to a DNA test, or it’spossible that you’re on the birth certificate, but it’s actually a very simple process. Ifthe mother of the child simply just admits

that you are the father of the child, youcan kind of just go over that presumption, and they will grant that as you being thefather of that child. Also, on the flip side, if a woman comes toyou, and says, quot;Hey, this is your child, and you need to start supporting it,quot; they alsohave to establish paternity. So, you could ask for a DNA test, and then, usually whatwill happen is, you could also ask for the failing party of the DNA test. So, if youwant it to be your child and she doesn’t want it to be your child, or she wants it to beyour child and you don’t want it to be your child, whoever is the nonprevailing partyusually would have to pick up the fees and

the costs associated with that DNA test. Butafter that, and after the DNA test is done and it is proven to be your child, there’sthe same areas of law and same areas of rights are established. There is legal decisionmaking,parenting time, and child support. Now guys, I’ve had quite a few clients who. The mothershave come, and the children are already grown up a little bit so, if there is a child whois of significant age but still under the age of 18, they could still try to establishthat paternity, and try to get you for child support. The good news is, though, that theycan only get you for three years of that child support. So, hopefully that doesn’t happento you, but it is possible. Those are your

rights, you do have rights if you’re married.Here’s the thing though, guys. If you are not married. It’s kind of, both, if you’remarried or you’re not married, until there is a court order in place, it’s kind of thechild. The parent who’s holding the child can, kind of, dictate and doesn’t necessarilyhave to give you parenting time, so if you and the mother of the child are not gettingalong, it is good to get some kind of court order in place if you’re not at an amicableplace.

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