On behalf of Tasha K. Schaffner of Schaffner Family Law posted in paternity on Monday, October 24, 2016.
When an unmarried couple has a baby, it can present certain complications that often require legal intervention in order to reach a reasonable resolution. While some are able to successfully co-parent without the need for a formal custody, visitation or support arrangement, fathers may find it necessary to seek legal support in order to protect their rights as biological parents. Kentucky fathers often turn to us when dealing with matters involving paternity and parental rights.
If paternity is not legally established at the time that a child is born, it is important to take the appropriate legal steps. Without establishing paternity, the individual who claims to be the father has no rights under Kentucky law. By establishing paternity, the father will have the right to visitation with the child and will also be required to financially support the child.
Parents may wish to resolve all matters to pertaining to paternity in order to avoid conflicts in the future and draft a parenting plan that is in the best interests of the kids. This effort will outline custody rights, clearly define child support obligations and resolve visitation disputes. If for any reason you find yourself in a situation in which it is necessary to legally establish paternity, we can help.
We know how to protect the rights of Kentucky fathers. Our team is dedicated to helping you secure your rightful parenting time through a paternity action in order to allow you to build and maintain a strong, healthy relationship with your children. If your parental rights have been violated in any way, contact us for the support and advocacy you need.