Separation or divorce is quite a complicated situation in life, to begin with, and if children are involved, then, it makes the situation a lot worse. The separation situation for unmarried couples with children is even more worrisome due to the unclear knowledge about custodial rights. It is essential to know the custodial, visitation rules, right for the married and unmarried parents are similar. In unmarried cases, the majority of the couples cannot fight for the custody of their children as they are not sure if the child is theirs. So, in these cases, the assumed parents have to establish paternity to take things further.
How to Establish Paternity
If finding the paternity of the child is in question, then both the assumed parents will have to request the court to conduct a DNA test to find the truth. However, it isn't necessary if the parents are entirely sure about the status of the child. Unless the court decides whom to give the custody, the unmarried parents are entitled to certain rights and liable to perform and fulfill various parental obligations, which are:
- The right to spend time with your child and frequently visit him or her
- Contribute towards your child's welfare and upbringing
- The right to make significant decisions for your child's life, like; providing medical care and education
- The right to be informed about any issues your child may be facing
- Access to your child's personal information and personal records
- The right to provide for your child's emotional, physical and financial needs
- The right look out for your child and save him/her from any harm
- The right to frequently visit your child and maintain continuous contact
The rights mentioned above are not guaranteed if a parent does not wishfully stand up to get parental rights. If you have any questions regarding the rights to unmarried couples and child custody please contact the Law Offices of Nicholas J Del Pizzo today.
About The Law Offices of Nicholas J Del Pizzo
A Baltimore lawyer that is an experienced and dedicated attorney who knows that people have legal needs that simply do not coincide with regular business hours. At The Law Offices of Nicholas J. Del Pizzo, III P.A.in Baltimore, Maryland, we make ourselves available for our clients when they are facing foreclosureof their home, bankruptcy, personal injuryor medical malpractice.