When a couple goes through a divorce and they have children together, a custody agreement will have to be determined. During this highly emotional time, tensions may rise because the possibility of not having full custody of your child can bring a lot of stress to a parent. Though every situation is different, parents may easily agree on a custody arrangement simply because one parent may be more present than another. However, in some cases, both parents may want full custody of their child which could require a judge to make the final decision based on which parent the judge deems more suitable to take care of the child’s everyday needs.
There may be instances when a father doesn’t feel that he is given the appropriate rights to custody, whether it is more or less time, and wants to file a motion to change that. In this situation, they would have a contested paternity action. They may want more visitation time with their child or they may want to request to have physical custody. Many fathers feel that they are often given the short end of the stick when it comes to obtaining custody of their child. There is a lot of speculation that judges will have bias and give the mother a better custody arrangement and have more time with the child just because of the fact that they are the child’s mother. It is important for fathers to know that they are just as entitled to having custody of their child as the mother is and ultimately, the judge is supposed to decide what is in the best interest of the child.
If you are a father and you feel as though you have not been given the appropriate visitation or custody rights, you may file a contested paternity actions. It is important that you speak with an experienced family law attorney to discuss the facts and circumstances of your case to determine if a contested paternity action is the right option for you.
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