Father’s Custody Rights in California

When it comes to children and their parents, parents have legal rights to have a relationship with them. This right is usually enforced by California state laws, and these laws see that both moms and dads have an equal chance at a relationship with their kids. California laws have also been put in place so that the court system or other government agencies will not be allowed to interject in a parent and child relationship unless absolutely necessary to protect the child. When it comes to a California father’s rights or child custody cases, California family law courts use the best interests of the minor child as the standard.

Effects of a Father in a Kid’s Life

The mother has often been viewed as the primary provider and most important figure in a kid’s life. More recent studies have shown that a father or father figure also has a profound effect on kid’s upbringing as well as their development emotionally. Most fathers are known as capable caregivers and effective disciplinarians. A father’s involvement in a kid’s life is key to how this child develops social skills, language skills and also affects cognitive development. Fathers who are supportive and loving have been shown to have a positive effect on a kid’s life.

Establishing Paternity in the State of California

When it comes to establishing a father’s paternity, it means either a child’s parents or the government has determined that a specific male individual is the kid’s father. In some cases, California law assumes the identity of the child’s dad, such as:

-When a kid is born into a marriage and the mother’s husband is considered the kid’s father.

-When a kid is born and a male has been living with the kid’s mom  in a family-like manner, has demonstrated a commitment to the kid, and is considered to be the kid’s father even if he is not the biological dad.

-When these two circumstances aren’t present, the kid’s paternity needs to be established.

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The best way for parents to establish the child’s paternity is by signing a voluntary declaration of paternity. When a woman who is not married gives birth in a medical setting, the medical providers at that facility must provide her and the alleged father information on signing this voluntary declaration form. When this form is signed, both of the parents acknowledge they are the kid’s parents, and the dad’s name is legally added to the birth certificate. When this is complete, the dad assumes all rights and responsibilities to that child.

If kids in question are under the age of twelve, they may or may not be considered a party in this paternity action case. But if children are over the age of twelve, they will be considered a party in this case. In both circumstances, the court might appoint a representative for the kid, which is usually referred to as the guardian ad litem. This person appears in court on the kid’s behalf to represent what is ultimately in the kid’s best interests.

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Courtesy of Cuselleration