When a child is born to a mother who is not married, the father of the child will not be considered the legal father until he files for his paternity rights.
In the past, when paternity issues arose, it was often at the mother’s request, so she could receive child support. Now, as fathers play a more active role in their children’s lives, it’s common for men to bring paternity suits.
Establishing paternity gives men parental rights, including visitation and custody rights.
If you believe that you fathered a child, regardless of whether you are listed as the parent on his or her birth certificate, you can only establish your rights as a father by filing for paternity. When you contact my firm, Daniel H. Chambers, Attorney at Law, P.C., I can guide you through the legal process and educate you on your rights and options.
From my office in Vestavia Hills, I am well-positioned to help men throughout Alabama establish paternity and resolve other family law matters. Once paternity is established, fathers can enjoy the benefits, including:
As laws pertaining to fathers’ rights and paternity rights continue to evolve and develop, it’s critical to ensure you understand your legal rights and options. I can work with you to help ensure your side of the story is heard in court.
Although you can represent yourself in a paternity action, it is highly recommended that you have legal representation involved, especially when the Department of Human Resources (DHR) is involved. A paternity action will establish your legal right to a child, but it does not guarantee that you will obtain any custodial and/or visitation rights. You may need a legal professional to assist you in acquiring your full rights.
Protect your relationship with your children and your rights as a father. Schedule an initial consultation by contacting me online or by calling 205-913-4057.
We have used Daniel Chambers for legal services on several occasions since 2007 with excellent results. He has assisted our family in each matter with a professional yet tenacious manner. He has always been upfront about possible outcomes and honest about how to appropriately deal with challenging situations. I have recommended him several times over and will continue to do so. He has been an incredible asset to have on our legal team and we have always been satisfied with the results.
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