This is the first post in a series which will discuss the rights of Virginia fathers. I previously discussed the rights of unmarried parents in our state. I have decided to write on the broader topic, of a dad’s rights, due to the fact that there are many misconceptions over the issue. The goal of my coming articles is to provide information which will help dads to fully understand their situations. It is also my hope to provide information which will help people make an informed decision when they are selecting a family law lawyer. If you require assistance then contact my office today to speak with an attorney.
I will address several topics over my coming articles. Issues which I will analyze include:
- How Virginia views the rights of a father
- Why unmarried dads should immediately obtain a custody order
- Why the court will often view the “status quo” as something which should be maintained
- Dealing with situations in which paternity is in dispute
These are important topics for someone to understand. First, Virginia is like many states in that it views the “rights” of a father as being equal to those of a mother; it does not favor one parent over the other. Second, fathers should immediately obtain a custody order in order to help prevent disputes. Third, dads must be mindful of the fact that the situation they are currently allowing to go on is often what the court will choose to implement as an order. Finally, it is important to understand that a dad has “no rights” if he has not been declared the biological father of the child.
One point I cannot stress enough is that one should immediately contact a child custody attorney in order to make sure that their rights remain protected. A father who fails to immediately assert his rights, or who errs by taking matters into his own hands, increases the likelihood that the Family Court will make the mother the primary caretaker of the child. As an attorney I regularly handle such matters in Virginia Beach and Norfolk. Contact my office today to schedule an initial consultation.
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