Establishing paternity – or determining “who is the father?” – plays a key role in legal issues such as child support. Unfortunately, establishing paternity may be more complicated than it seems. There are numerous issues that determine the child custody rights for unmarried parents and a variety of parenthood circumstances that determine whether a parent … Read More
Getting served with a petition to determine parental relationship can make a parent feel confused and attacked. Technically, if you are listed as the “Respondent” on the petition, you are getting sued! So why is your ex/co-parent suing you and what should you do about it? What is a Petition to Determine Parental Relationship? In … Read More
Family Code § 3010 provides that without court orders saying otherwise, both legal parents are equally entitled to custody of their child. The important missing piece of the puzzle is that this only applies to legal parents. So what rights do fathers have before they have established their legal rights?
Can a Parent Stop a Child From Seeing the Other Parent? Whenever parents are separating, one parent is often asking this question. It generally comes up in the following situations: The parents (whether married or unmarried) are no longer together and the child resides with one of the parents. The parent with whom the child … Read More