In response to the COVID-19 virus, Venzon Law Firm, PC is committed to serving all existing and new clients. Our office will remain open and operational throughout this time. Please CLICK HERE for a message from Catharine M Venzon, Esq. with further details regarding  Court Closures and Office Procedures. We appreciate your patience during this time and encourage you to check back here for any additional updates as circumstances remain fluid. Thank you!

It’s Never Too Late

To Live Happily Ever After

Due to precautions related to COVID-19, we have expanded our options for remote consultations. Please contact our office to discuss whether a full phone consultation or video conference is appropriate for your situation.

Unmarried fathers have rights too

While New York state laws indicate that fathers have equal parenting rights, this may not always be the case. It is common to hear about fathers who may not take responsibility for the well-being of their child, or in some cases, even acknowledge a child as their own. However, there are many fathers who are willing to fight diligently for their parental rights, and sometimes feel they have to take on the world to get them. A first step in protecting your rights as a father is to prove paternity. In New York, a child is deemed to have no legal father if the couple are unmarried at the time of the child’s birth. This means that the father has no rights until paternity is established.

There are typically two ways to prove that you are a child’s legal father. One way is both you and the child’s mother sign an Acknowledgment of Paternity form at the time of the child’s birth. It is also possible to complete such a form at a later date. When parents agree, and this form is completed, it certainly keeps the best interests of the child as the priority. However, this is not always agreeable to both parents, particularly in the case of an end to a relationship. The second way to establish you are the father is through DNA testing which will determine the likelihood that you are the child’s father.

When you are an unmarried father fighting for your parental rights, it is in your best interests to obtain legal counsel who can represent you in not only establishing your child’s paternity but also advocating ensuring your parental rights are protected.

If you are being challenged and feel overwhelmed with the often-difficult task of ensuring your parental rights are protected, let an experienced child custody attorney help. They will ensure your fathers’ rights are legally established.