What rights does a father have in California? 4 Answers as of November 05, 2010

What rights does a father have to his children when the mother lives with the children and they were not married and she keeps the children from him?

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Goldberg Jones
Goldberg Jones | Zephyr Hill
You have rights. But not much until you establish a court Order requiring a visitation schedule. You need to file an action ASAP. During the case you will establish Paternity and create a court order on child custody, child support, and child visitation. Get help from an attorney if you can.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 11/5/2010
Masson & Fatini, LLP
Masson & Fatini, LLP | Richard E. Masson
Fathers have the same rights to their children as mothers. The issue is what custody arrangement serves the child(ren)s best interest. Generally, a childs best interest is based upon the parents ability to care for the child(ren)s health, safety and welfare, and the parents ability to foster and promote a healthy relationship with the other parent. This standard applies whether you were married or not to the other parent. If you are not married, you will need to establish your paternity and request custody (legal and physical) of your child(ren).
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 11/4/2010
The English Law Firm
The English Law Firm | Robert English
You can file an action in the court under Uniform Parentage and seek visitation and/or custody rights.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 11/3/2010
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