A Father’s Rights Attorney Requires A Special Perspective
Divorce can be a stressful and messy process, but a stable relationship with their father is often essential to the health and well-being of your children. An experienced fathers’ rights attorney, Andrew J. Bolton, is here to help with your concerns.
What Are The Father’s Rights?
Like mothers, as a father, you have a right to have a personal relationship with your children. You have the right to communicate with your child, and you have the right to not be alienated from your child. Additionally, according to the Texas Family Code, the following rights may also apply and should be sought in any custody situation:
- Physical possession of the child at specified times and locations;
- The right to determine the child’s physical residence if named “primary” for custody;
- The right to direct the moral and religious teaching and direction of the child during your period of possession;
- The right to consent to medical care and psychological care at all times; and
- The right to make determinations regarding the child’s education, often in consultation with the other parent.
Why You Need A Lawyer
If you are like most fathers, your child is the most precious thing in your world. In today’s society, joint custody is common and most men choose to be active parents. Did you know that 71% of high school dropouts and 70% of those in juvenile detention centers come from fatherless homes? Children need both parents in order to flourish; there has never been a more pivotal time for you to be there.
The offices of Andrew J. Bolton, ESQ have over 25 years of experience and expertise in family law. We can advise you on the common mistakes men occasionally make when pursuing custody, explore the custody options available to you, and calmly guide you through the process. No matter how complicated your case may be, we can provide quality representation. Contact us today—your family deserves to thrive.
How Is Texas Different?
The Texas Family Code defines “parent” a little differently; not all mothers and fathers are biological. Below are only a few of the criteria used for defining parentage per Chapter 160 of the Texas Family Code. A parent can be defined as:
- The child’s mother
- A man presumed to be the father although not married to the child’s mother
- A man legally determined to be the father by court order or operation of law
- A man who is voluntarily named as the child’s father through an Acknowledgment of Paternity
- A man who is married to the child’s mother at the time of the child’s birth
- A man who, for the first two years of the child’s life, has resided in the same household as the child and represented the child as his own
- A man who was legally married to the child’s mother and the child was born on or before the 301st day the marriage was terminated by divorce, death, annulment, or declaration of invalidity
- A man who has vowed on record to support the child as his own
Do you need assistance in clarifying and enforcing your parental rights? Do you have questions about fathers’ rights in Texas? Even if you are an unmarried man seeking more information about your rights as a parent, our family law attorneys at Andrew J. Bolton, ESQ is here to help.
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