Ask a Lawyer on Single Dad: Signing the Birth Certificate. Jeffery Leving is the nation’s leading Fathers Rights Attorney and offers FREE Family Law advice for Men on SingleDad.com. This week, learn about one dad’s quest to get his name on his child’s Birth Certificate and establish Paternity. Read more.
Ask a Lawyer on Single Dad:
Signing the Birth Certificate.
Jeffery Leving is the nation’s leading Fathers
Rights Attorney and offers FREE Family Law advice for Men on SingleDad.com.
This week, learn about one dad’s quest to get his name on his child’s Birth
Certificate and establish Paternity.
I wasn’t able to sign my son’s birth certificate but I have
been there since day one and the mother left when my son was 2 months old and
has never been back since. Today, he is 17 months old we (the parents) live in
two different states. What is the best procedure to getting legal custody of my
son and get her on child support.
Answer from Jeffrey Leving:
question raises several important issues.
First, it is critical that you establish paternity of your son. If you
and the child’s mother were never married, an unwed dad may sign a "voluntary
acknowledgment of paternity (VAP)."
Signing this document means you’ve acknowledged paternity. However, a VAP may also include terms
or conditions that you don’t agree with.
As a result, it’s crucial to read these documents closely before you
sign anything – especially without a DNA test – and consult with a
knowledgeable dad’s rights attorney to make sure signing this or any
other legally binding document is in your best interest. Another way a dad can prove establish
paternity is to have and experienced Chicago custody attorney bring a parentage
action in court.
have established your paternity, a veteran family law attorney can then file a
petition to secure your custody rights to your child, including joint or sole
custody of your son, and seek to obtain court ordered child support payments
from the mother. Because your
situation involves complex issues, I suggest contacting a dedicated family law
attorney immediately to protect your custody rights to your son and visit me at
www.dadsrights.com for help.
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