PROTECTING FATHERS’ RIGHTS IN AKRON
LET OUR AKRON FAMILY LAWYER ADVOCATE FOR YOU
As a father, you know how important it is to protect your rights in the divorce process. When you are not married to the mother of your child, it is even more important for you to take steps to establish your rights as a father. At VanHo Law, our family lawyers understand how vital it is for you to ensure your rights are safeguarded. We can stand beside you during this time and advocate on your behalf throughout the way. Whether you are fighting for custody in a heated divorce or seeking to establish paternity to protect your right to see your child, our firm is ready to help.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN DIVORCE
While the courts are not permitted to favor any specific gender in the divorce proceedings, it often seems that mothers are awarded custody much more often than fathers. The court must determine custody based off of employment restrictions, relational ties, suitability, and other similar matters. If you believe this was not the case or would like to fight a custody ruling, you need to call on us.
All of these matters are on the line in a divorce when it comes to your children:
We can review your case and ensure these issues are handled fairly. Prior to a ruling being given, we can work with you to establish a strong case that demonstrates your suitability as a parent. If a ruling has already be given and was not favorable, we can start crafting an appeal on your behalf. Based in Akron, our firm serves the residents of Summit County, Cuyahoga County, Medina County, Lake County, Geauga County, and Portage County.
ESTABLISHING PATERNITY AS AN UNMARRIED FATHER
There are only three basic ways to protect your rights as a father:
- You must have been married to the mother at the time of the birth
- You must have signed an Acknowledgment of Paternity Affidavit with the mother.
- You must have had DNA testing approved by the court or the Child Support Enforcement Agency.
Just because you have established this paternity, it does not entitle you to automatic visitation or custody. Once paternity is established, you can then obtain custody or shared parenting. Unfortunately, an unmarried mother is given full custody if no father is listed at the time of birth. This means even after you have established paternity, you may have to fight for time with your child. The good news is we are here to guide you through the process.