Having a child out of wedlock can put the father in a pretty tough position. You want to do what’s right and be there for your child, but also understand that your rights can vanish in an instant. Regardless of what spoken agreement or arrangement a father has with the mother of their child, pursing legal Legitimation is the only way to ensure your rights as a father are protected.
Unlike married fathers, whose rights are established upon the birth of the child, the Father of a child born out of wedlock must initiate legal action to establish those rights. Once the legal relationship is established through a Court order, the Father is granted the following rights:
YES. We can not be clearer about this: The father’s name on the birth certificate does not grant you any legal standing or rights. Only the legal legitimation process can secure your legal rights to play a role in your child’s life.
YES. While a paternity test may be enough for the mother to establish a child support case to collect from the father, that still does not give you legal rights as a parent.
It depends on the situation you are in and the mother’s willingness to agree to the legitimization.
Regardless of your situation, it’s a good idea to speak with a lawyer before moving through the Legitimization process. Contact Hobson & Hobson today to learn more about how we can help establish and protect your rights as a father.
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