Pasadena Fathers' Rights Lawyer
Let Us Help You Fight for the Rights to Your Children
Do you have children with an ex-spouse and want to claim your rights as
a father? At Goldberg & Gille, we understand the frustration and stress
you may experience when the mother of your children refuses to acknowledge
your paternal role. Our
family law attorneys are dedicated to advocating for fathers' rights in child custody and
We have 80+ years' combined experience practicing law that we can put
to use to fight for you. Additionally, Attorney Christine Gille has been
board certified in family law, an honor that few legal professionals can
boast. As a legal specialist, she has an expertise in her field that you
won't find at other firms, which means you can trust us to handle
your case with proven proficiency and excellent counsel.
What Rights Do I Have to My Children?
A father's relationship with his children can be extremely important
to their development, and it is the right of a father to have the opportunity
to build and maintain it. Since a mother is naturally and biologically
considered to be more nurturing than a father, it has previously been
accepted that a mother has more parental rights. However, society has
come to acknowledge the importance of a father, and courts now consider
his rights more closely than ever.
As a father, you have a number of rights including:
- The right to establish paternity
- The right to maintain a paternal relationship
- The right to parenting time
- The right to seek custody
- The right to oppose adoption
- The right to contribute to decision-making
In matters of
visitation, your rights as a father will be considered according to the well-being
of the child. Courts consider the best interests of children as a priority
to the parental rights of either parent, which means you must prove that
you are fit to be a supportive father.
Why You May Need to Establish Paternity
In order to claim your rights, it may be necessary to legally establish
that you are the father of your children. This is especially important
in cases where the mother is with a different man, or was with someone
else at the time your children were conceived and/or born. In order to
do so, you must file an affidavit of voluntary paternity and have it signed
by the mother. If she refuses to sign, you can take legal action to have
paternity biologically determined and a court order issued to establish
your status as the child's father.
It is important to note that it is in your best interest to establish paternity
before a legal dispute involving your children arises. Establishing paternity
early on sets a precedent for later conflicts that you have paternal rights
to the children. If you wait for a custody or support issue to arise,
it may be too late to establish your full rights as a father, as the court
may not believe that you have demonstrated a commitment to your responsibilities.
However, regardless of when you seek to establish paternity, we can fight
aggressively on your behalf to ensure your rights are upheld.
Let a Board Certified Attorney Fight for You. Contact Us Today!
You deserve the opportunity to foster a paternal relationship with your
children, and your children deserve it as well. Don't let a stubborn
ex-spouse violate your right to communication and time spent with your
children. With the help of a Pasadena divorce lawyer, you can take legal
action to assert your rights and seek custody or visitation and be the
father you deserve to be.