As you know, there is nothing more important to a parent than their child, and this is, of course, true whether you are a mother or a father. That being said, if you are a father who is currently getting divorced, there is a chance that you may be worrying whether your spouse will immediately be awarded child custody due to the stigma surrounding custody determinations. Fortunately, in New Jersey, this is largely no longer the case, as courts are recognizing the importance of a child having both parents involved in his or her life. As such, fathers have the same rights as mothers, and if you are a father going through the divorce process, you should continue reading and speak with our New Jersey divorce attorneys to learn more about fathers’ rights and how our firm can help you. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What are fathers’ rights in the state of New Jersey?
Fathers’ rights, rather obviously, are extremely important to fathers in New Jersey and throughout the United States. That being said, there are times where a father’s paternity may come into question, in which case you will have to prove as much to retain fathers’ rights. As long as you can prove that you were either married to the child’s mother within 10 months before the child’s birth or you have a Certificate of Parentage that was signed when your child was born. That being said, there are times where fathers are wrongfully denied paternity, and if this has happened to you, then you are entitled to bring a Paternity Action to the New Jersey Family Court. In most cases, this will entail a genetic test, and as long as you pass, you should receive child custody, visitation, and child support rights.
If you have any additional questions, or you are currently seeking custody of your child, please do not hesitate to reach out to our seasoned legal team today. Our firm is dedicated to fighting for parents and children throughout the state of New Jersey, and we are here to do the same for you. All you have to do is pick up the phone and give us a call.
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At Townsend, Tomaio & Newmark, our attorneys have extensive experience helping clients to understand and protect their legal rights before, during, and after the divorce process in towns across New Jersey and Bergen County, including Hackensack, Ridgewood, Paramus, Teaneck, and Fort Lee. To speak with our team of divorce lawyers today in a free and confidential consultation regarding your concerns about your divorce, please contact us online, or through our Hackensack, NJ office at (201) 397-1750.