Two weeks ago on the blog we discussed the importance of fathers in their children's lives. A present father can increase a child's confidence, improve his or her behavior, and even boost academic performance. Yet, fathers who want to spend time with their children are often denied the right. This often occurs when a child is born out of wedlock or perhaps even after an ugly divorce. Though this can be difficult to cope with, if you find yourself on the outside of your child's life looking in, then you may want to think about how the law can help you, and your child, acquire the access you deserve.
One of the first steps in doing this is establishing paternity. This can be done in several ways, even though most people think it can only be accomplished via DNA testing. Second, if the child's mother is challenging your right to visitation, then you may have to present an argument to the court explaining why your child will benefit from spending time with you. It is important to remember that the court will always put the child's best interests first, not yours.
This might sound easy enough, but sadly the law often works in favor of mothers. Therefore, in order to acquire fathers' rights, you might need the assistance of an attorney. A legal team with years of dedication to fathers and their legal fights can help put your position forward, helping the court see why your presence in the child's life will be beneficial. Andrew Russ Law proudly represents fathers, and we make sure that our clients fully understand what must be done to acquire paternity and address custody issues.
Children need both parents in their lives, if at all possible. However, selfish parents often try to keep the child's other parent out of their life. Many times this is unfair. With a legal ally on your side, you may be able to find the fairness deserved and the contact with your child to which you may be entitled.