Father's Rights in California
In California, parental rights have no gender bias. That means,
per California law, the rights of the father are equal to those of the mother. We at Cannon Legal Group can help you maintain or establish your privileges
as a father.
Contact our Pasadena family law attorneys today to get started!
A father must have either legal
joint or sole custody of their children. Your children do not have to live with you in order
for you to have involvement in the decisions that affect them.
Legal custody entitles you to have a say in many of the choices regarding
your children, including:
- Child care or school
- Doctor, dental and / or therapy needs
Even if your relationship with your children's mother is amicable,
custody and visitation decisions are best when established by the courts.
Going through the process alone, without a family law attorney by your
side, leaves you vulnerable. A father may unknowingly agree to less than
they are entitled to under California law. At Cannon Legal Group, we are
experienced and dedicated to having your full rights as a legal custodial
parent granted to you.
If both parents are married when a child is born, the husband is presumed
to be the father under California law. If the parents are unmarried, both
parents will need to sign a Declaration of Paternity in order for the
father to have his name placed on the birth certificate. The father will
need a court order if the mother neglects or refuses to sign this declaration.
Paternity must be recognized in order for a father to assert his legal
rights. We at Cannon Legal Group are ready to help you establish parentage.
Extreme Situations Need a Tough Pasadena Family Lawyer
Unfortunately, the relationship with a child's mother may not always
end well and often create difficult situations. Circumstances can create
one of two extreme scenarios for a father:
Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS): PAS occurs when one parent displays extreme antagonism towards the opposite
or "target" parent. This hostility is transmitted to the child
in such a way as to create hostility towards the target parent. It is
considered to be a form a child abuse and can be permanently damaging
to the father / child relationship.
False Accusation of Paternity: You are not the legal father of a child simply because the mother claims
you as such. Formal allegations of paternity can create a myriad of legal
issues resulting in a variety of emotional and financial consequences.
A confident family lawyer can provide tremendous assistance to the victims
of one of the above. At Cannon Legal Group, our Pasadena family law attorneys
can show you the ways to create a defense against such fabricated accusations.
Protect your legal rights as a father! Contact Cannon Legal Group today for a case evaluation.