Historically, fathers have usually taken a backseat when it comes to child custody matters. The courts have long preferred giving custody of minor children to biological mothers. Recently however various fathers’ rights advocates have pressed the rights of biological fathers to gain the physical and legal custody of their biological minor children.
Exercising fathers’ rights when seeking custody of minor children, however, is a difficult task even in these modern times with parental gender neutrality. Fathers must first establish paternity of the child they want custody of which sometimes results in a legal battle. For children born to unwed parents, fathers may have to fill out an additional but simple form in order to establish paternity, which obviously is a pre-requisite for establishing custody.
The attorneys at GUNNSTAKS LAW OFFICE have years of practice with child custody issues and have represented numerous fathers who wanted to claim physical custody of their children. In most cases litigated today, the experienced lawyers of the practice have observed that both parties wish to establish joint legal and physical custody of their minor children. However, in some cases especially those regarding unmarried couples, the mother may claim primary and sole physical custody of the child which causes a problem for the biological father.
Some cases see the father doubting his paternity of a particular child or the biological mother claiming that a man is the father of her child, which may be disputed by the man. In such cases, paternity may be established or denied by a long drawn legal battle fought in Texas courts. But, Texas law also provides for verbal or written acknowledgment of paternity. Under this rule, a man may acknowledge his paternity voluntarily by means of legal paperwork. This can facilitate an easy processing of child custody matters.
Professional legal help may be imperative for fathers wishing to establish paternal rights to child custody. Fathers with custody questions should see our website for more information about their rights.