Scottsdale Father Rights
Our primary goal is to assist you with resolving your family law issue efficiently and affordably while protecting your interests. Our attorneys exercise a no-nonsense style of practice and are upfront and straightforward about the strength of your positions so you can make appropriate and informed decisions about your family law matter.
Know Your Rights As A Dad
Start Exercising The Parenting Time You Are Entitled To
Laws regarding father’s rights have shifted and Arizona now recognizes, as public policy and without evidence otherwise, it is in the child’s best interests to have substantial, frequent meaningful and continuing parenting time with both parents. (See A.R.S. §25-103). Both married and unmarried fathers have the same rights to parenting time, legal decision-making and child support as mothers.
Our family law attorneys have seen countless fathers frustrated with the amount of parenting time they are receiving. Often, there are no current court orders and the child’s mother is dictating when the father can see his child. Or, there are court orders in place but now circumstances have changed and they just don’t make sense or are even unfair. In our attorneys’ experience, it is best to get court orders in place for parenting time in the best interests of the child. We have seen many fathers not exercising the parenting time they are entitled to because of controlling mothers and inappropriate parenting plans. So contact us now to schedule a consultation and find out how we can help you start exercising the parenting time you are entitled to.
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Start Exercising the Parenting Time You Are Entitled To
We are here to answer your questions, discuss your options, help you understand your rights, and, if we represent you in your case, our lawyers will guide you through every step of the process as efficiently as possible.
What Are My Rights As A Father In Arizona?
We have found the two most common questions regarding father’s rights are “My girlfriend and I had a kid and now she won’t let me see him or her, what can I do?” and “My girlfriend is pregnant, what rights and responsibilities do I have?”
It is the public policy of Arizona that it is in the child’s best interests for both parents to participate in decision-making and that both parents have substantial, frequent, meaningful, and continuing parenting time. Mothers do not receive special consideration simply because they are the mother.
If a child is born to unmarried parents, paternity must be established for the father to begin asserting his rights. There is a presumption that a man is the father of a child if a birth certificate is signed by both the mother and father, acknowledgements of paternity were signed and notarized by both the mother and father, or a DNA test confirms a 95% probability of paternity. (See A.R.S. §25-814).
With paternity established, the court can then enter orders regarding child custody and child support requirements.
Without a court order, a father may have difficulty seeing their child or having the ability to make decisions regarding their health, education and/or religion. This does not mean you must go to trial to receive a custody order from the court. You and the child’s mother can work together to reach a schedule that fits both the needs of the child and you both as the parents.