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Child Custody Laws for Fathers in the United States

A free consultation is usually the first step, and it will allow you to determine whether or not you think the Law Offices of Steven C. Benke make a good fit for you, your case, and your family. Facing a divorce or custody hearing is difficult enough already. Your attorney should make the process as easy and painless as possible.

Fathers may be understandably aggravated or confused by child custody, but navigating the law can be made easier. Learn about child-custody laws for fathers in the United States!

  • Unmarried Fathers

Yes, unmarried fathers can file for visitation and custody rights, even if they’re not listed on the birth certificate.

  • Parenting Plan

A parenting plan is negotiated between both parents and agreed upon by their legal counsel before being approved by the court when defining custody arrangements. The parenting plan is enforceable on both parents, and it details physical custody, legal custody, transportation, custody exchanges, child support, health care, schools, school records, vacations, school breaks, dispute resolution, relocation, contact with relatives, decision making, communication, social activities, and school functions.

  • Joint Custody

Joint custody has quickly become the standard, but that doesn’t mean everything is a 50/50 split. Specifics will still have to be addressed, but fathers often benefit from joint custody agreements.

Be sure to speak with an attorney who has a background in custody law and ask plenty of questions.

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