Paternity

Paternity

Fathers of children born outside of marriage may have difficulties enforcing their rights with respect to parenting time, decision making, even access to school and medical records.

Many people think that by executing a Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity (VAP) – a father is granted rights; however, a VAP does not provide any protections to a father. Rights for fathers are granted only after a Court declares that a biological relationship exists.

A father should seek counsel from a family law attorney to assure his rights are protected.