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Father's Rights

Westlake Family Law Attorney Prepared to Protect Your Parenting Rights

In California, fathers legally have the exact same custody rights as mothers. The courts are in favor of equal involvement by both parents, as many studies have shown that a present father greatly aids child development and happiness. If your rights as a father are being compromised, allow our Westlake Village family law attorney to assist you.

As a father, you have a right to the following:

  • Participating in your child's life through regular interaction
  • Making important decisions for your child, along with the mother
  • Having access to school records and medical records '

Mistakes that Fathers Should Avoid in their Child Custody Case

There are many factors that could affect your rights as a father. Our family law lawyer in Westlake can represent you and your interests. To put yourself in the best position for success during a custody battle, avoid the following mistakes.

Overzealous Litigation
Many lawyers encourage fathers to try and drain their spouse's resources by out-spending them in litigation. Not only is unreasonable behavior forbidden by California law, but this may also reduce your credibility in the eyes of the court. In the end, this could damage your case, as the judge has discretionary powers and could find the mother to be more trustworthy based on your actions in litigation.

Surrender of Your Rights
Don't give up too easily. You have both responsibilities and rights toward your child. Thinking that the courts are biased and will automatically give custody rights to the mother is a huge mistake! You should get quality time with your children, for their sake and yours. An experienced paternity lawyer can help you gain your rightful custody and visitation time.

Excessive Generosity
While you always want to do what is best for your child, giving money to your spouse does not always benefit your child. If you are spending too much on your former spouse's personal expenses so she can maintain her former lifestyle, it may put you in a difficult financial situation later on. It may also discourage her from supporting herself, because she can rely on you.

Contact our experienced Westlake Village Family Law Lawyer

If you are going through a custody battle with your spouse, then call our family lawyer in Westlake Village for assistance regarding father's rights. We are extremely experienced in family law and have successfully protected the rights of many fathers. Lead attorney, Debra J. Kay, is a certified family law specialist and can help you find a solution to your paternity issues. Call today to schedule your appointment with our legal team!

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