As your seasoned Sacramento family law attorney, I can help you to establish (or re-establish) the parental relationship with your child.
Your Family Law Attorney Will Help To Determine Parental Rights
According to The California Courts, when it comes down to determining parental rights, the first step is when it is decided just what category of “parent” you may fall into. So, if you are a mom or dad who is currently trying to, say, gain visitation of your child, the courts have to find out if you are an alleged or presumed parent, and/or whether or not you are actually the biological parent.
It’s worth it to say that, generally, unless there is some adverse situation (such as an unusual one where a mother may have been absent for a long period of time, and it now has to be established that a child actually belongs to that particular woman), in cases involving issues of paternity and parental rights, fathers catch the most headache on their path to the truth about parenthood, and when it comes to attaining custody.
That being said, if you are trying to prove that you are in fact the father of a child, it is absolutely your right to be notified for what are called dependency hearings. On top of that, if you are proven to be the father (via an official DNA test), the courts will also offer you very helpful reunification services that will assist in ensuring a smooth transition of bringing the child (or children) back into your life and immediate care.
Your Family Law Attorney Will Defend Your Parental Rights
If you are presumed to be the parent of a child, be it by your name being on the official birth certificate, or because you have been successfully raising the child since they were born, then you have parental rights that I as an experienced family law attorney can greatly assist you in exercising. So, please, don’t hesitate to give me a call today at Mercer Law by dialing 916.361.6022.