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Establish Your Rights as a Father
Paternity Tests and Other Avenues Will Help You Establish Your Rights
According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Service’s Administration for Children and Families, father remains undefined in legal terms throughout the U.S. Virgin Islands, the District of Columbia, and approximately four other states. The administration also discloses that statutes across the United States lack a standard definition for the term father. With this in mind, finding a Denver divorce attorney to defend your rights as a father is important far beyond Colorado.
Our firm is dedicated to your rights. Schedule your complimentary case review today.
Any man that is trying to establish his parental rights or is the alleged / presumed father of a child is referred to by the state as a “putative” father. The rights of unmarried fathers are clouded in uncertainty. Only 20 states legally establish paternity after a state-approved paternity test. With Colorado on the list, it’s important that males seeking a fathers’ rights lawyer pursue effective legal counsel as they seek paternity testing or fight for paternity they feel is deserved despite a lack of biological ties.
Skilled Representation for Every Aspect of Fathers’ Rights
Men in Denver and the surrounding regions seeking fathers’ rights attorneys have a wide variety of reasons for doing so. Some feel they have earned the right of paternity through parenting and caring for a child. Others may claim that biologically they are the father despite accusations of other related parties.
Either way, our Denver divorce attorneys will fight for your father’s rights. Don’t let the state’s flimsy definitions of fatherhood and paternal responsibilities / obligations limit your options between you and your child. We pledge to deliver proper and strategic legal representation, and we will fight for dads that deserve it.
Why Johnson Márquez Legal Group?
We provide legal services and consultation in the areas of:
- Child custody
- Dissolution of marriage
- Child support
- Paternity disputes
- Legitimacy of claims
- Granting of guardian status
- Visitation rights
- Foster care
Through all of these ordeals, it’s important to have an effective legal defense to ensure that all the time you spend fighting for your rights as a father doesn’t go down the drain. Our divorce attorneys in Denver fight for fathers’ rights across the board with our long list of professional references at our disposal. Don’t give up in the face of paternal disputes that seem impossible to overcome; get the help you deserve.
Don’t hesitate – call us today at (303) 394-3030 for a complimentary consultation.
Rights to Decision-Making Abilities
Fathers play an important role for children, especially in the decision-making aspect. For a parent, having the ability to make decisions regarding the child’s education, health care, religion, and other important factors can make a big difference in the child’s upbringing. As a father, you should have a say in these matters.
Oftentimes in custody matters, the court will decide on sole or joint decision-making ability, or legal custody. Unlike physical custody which determines the residence of the child, legal custody will determine who can make the important decisions. It is hopeful that both parents can have legal custody in order to maintain stability.
Need Help Obtaining Child Support?
If you are a father with sole physical custody of your child, you can request child support payments from the non-custodial parent.
This support is based on a number of factors, such as:
- Income of the non-custodial parent
- Parenting time
- Ability of the custodial parent to earn income
- Special needs of a child
Child support is designed to help the custodial parent pay for the child’s school, clothing, food, and entertainment, but it can also count to housing and utilities, as well as daycare. Our firm can help you seek the child support you need.
Counsel in Parental Alienation Cases
Far too often, our office sees cases where parental alienation is at the core of the proceedings. Parental alienation is when a parent turns – or attempts to turn – the child against the other parent using negative depictions. For a father, this could mean a mother lying to the child regarding bad habits, all in an attempt to sway the child’s feelings of the father. Over the course of time, the child may want to avoid seeing the father, and the relationship can be destroyed.
If you are in this situation, we can help prove to the courts that the mother of your child has attempted to ruin the bond you two share. In this situation, you can prove that mother is indeed unfit to care for the child as you attempt to receive custody.
Secure Ample Parenting Time with Your Child
For a long time, the time the non-custodial parent was able to spend with their child was called visitation. Unfortunately, this made it seem as a right, rather than a responsibility. Now known as parenting time, this period is allotted for parents to do more with their child than just have fun.
Parenting time is set for the non-custodial parent to become fully involved in a child’s life, even while not having custody. This includes:
- Participating in events
- Helping the child with homework
- Designating chores
- Having a good time
Finding the right balance between strict and fun could strengthen the bond between father and child. And it will also go a long way in determining the amount of parenting time the father will receive. Parent’s wishes, the child’s wishes, and any history of criminal or domestic abuse charges can all impact the amount of time a father will have to spend with his child.
If you have questions regarding fathers’ rights, speak with our Denver divorce firm.