If you are a Minnesota father and you believe you have been a victim of paternity fraud, you may be wondering whether you have any legal recourse. Paternity fraud occurs when you are made to mistakenly believe you are the father of a child by the child’s mother, who may have suspicions or know for certain that you are not, in fact, the true biological father.
If you live in Minnesota and believe you fathered a child with a woman who is not your legal wife, you have very few rights with regard to that child. There are, however, actions you may take to pursue legal rights. At Huson Law Firm, PLLC, we have a comprehensive understanding of the methods you may use to establish paternity in the state, and we have helped many unwed fathers gain rights to their biological children.
Although mothers are given primary custody of their children in many cases of parental separation, the role of fathers is still essential. Children need emotional love and support from both parents in order to properly develop. If you have recently separated or filed for divorce, it is crucial to keep in mind the importance of a father in a child’s life.
As a Minnesota father, it is likely that you are noticing a shift in expectations about how you should be involved in your child’s life. As gender roles change and more mothers shoulder the burden of the family income, fathers across the United States are able to enjoy more time with their sons and daughters.
If you and your significant are not married and the two of you have a child together, you should understand the importance of establishing paternity. Simply being listed on the birth certificate is not enough to secure your parental rights if things end between the two of you. Even if you plan to stay together forever, the future is always uncertain.
Visitation can be ordered without share custody. Visitation is the right for you to see your child and spend quality time with her. The goal of visitation is to ensure that you maintain a healthy connection to your child. Sadly, some parents try to use visitation against the other parent by withholding it as punishment for other perceived slights. A previous post discussed what you shouldn't do. This post will go over what you should do if your ex-partner interferes with your visitation.
Visitation is a fundamental aspect of shared custody. The courts and experts universally agree that it is in the best interests of the child for both parents to be involved in the child's life. Therefore, the courts require the parents to share custody, or if there is a primary caregiver, to grant visitation. If one parent fails to allow the other parent visitation time, then that could result in legal ramifications. This post will go over what you shouldn't do if your ex-partner denies you visitation, the following post will discuss what you should do.
Child custody, support, and visitation rights are decided absent any consideration for the parents. The court's only overriding concern is what is in the best interests of the child. But the closer these disputes are to the birth of the child, the harder they are to resolve. This post will go over the unique issues inherent to establishing child custody rights over a newborn child.
For decades, the courts operated under two basic premises. The first premise assumed that children benefit from a stable home more than they do with sharing equal time between parents. Second, that stable home should be the mothers because children need their mother more than their father. The first premise was widely adopted and underpinned most child custody arrangements. The second premise, while not explicitly laid down, was a common presumption among many judges.
Divorced dads take a lot of abuse in society. Often it is assumed that if a father does not have custody of his child, it is because he is disinterested. The term deadbeat dad is often thrown out broadly to describe a father who does not see his child or financially support his child. For most dads, this could not be further from the truth.