New Jersey Paternity & Father’s Rights Attorney
With 40% of the US children born out of wedlock, many unmarried parents navigate their way to a custody arrangement that is in the best interest of their child. Unmarried fathers in New Jersey have some challenges ahead of them as they fight to have the same rights and responsibilities that a married father would have.
Child visitation, child support, and decision-making rights must all be divided based on the best interests of the child. However, if you did not sign the birth certificate at the time your child was born, you may have to face additional legal obstacles before you can begin the process of gaining the rights and responsibilities a married or divorced father would have. The dedicated father’s rights law firm of Gallo & Gallo can help you navigate this challenging time, giving you the tools, resources, and legal support you need to get the rights, responsibilities, and access to your children that every father deserves.
Call Gallo & Gallo at (201) 330-4228 for a Free Consultation with our Experienced New Jersey Father’s Rights Lawyers.
Divorced Father’s Rights
If you are struggling with issues regarding paternity and father’s rights as a result of the divorce process, Gallo & Gallo can provide you with dedicated assistance, as well. Our New Jersey divorce attorneys can assist with legal and residential custody, whether as part of a collaborative divorce, or as a separate process. If you have existing custody plans, we can support you with modification of custody arrangements, parent relocation, or other legal matters regarding your relationship with your children.
While New Jersey already has in place specific laws that protect each child’s right to a relationship and support from their father, it is still important for fathers to seek legal counsel from an established father’s rights attorney as he goes through the complex processes of New Jersey family law. The law offices of Gallo & Gallo are dedicated to supporting you in this process.
How the Law Addresses Paternity
Nonmarried couples must deal with additional hoops in order to reap the benefits of shared custody, physical custody and parenting time with their offspring. In instances of a child being born out of wedlock, establishing paternity protects the rights of the child, the father, and the mother.
- It gives a child born out of wedlock the opportunity to a relationship and support of their father.
- It allows the father the legal right to request visitation and even custody of his child.
- It also allows the mother to seek child support from her child’s biological father.
There are two ways to get a man legally recognized as a child’s father. The first is by both parents’ voluntary acknowledgment through a Certificate of Parentage. The second is by Paternity Action, which is resorted to when the parents are uncertain as to the identity of the child’s father. Paternity Action may require the mother, the father, and the child to submitted to genetic testing.
Paternity can be a challenging and complicated, but it can be a very rewarding one as well. Whether you are seeking to prove or contest paternity, the knowledge and advice of an experienced father’s rights lawyer is important especially in knowing which route to take and what to expect from it. Our attorneys at Gallo & Gallo are experts in New Jersey paternity laws and can guide you as you fight for your place in your child’s life.
Protecting Your Child
When it comes to deciding on child custody and visitation, courts in the state of New Jersey follow the “best interests of the child” standard. The child’s safety, health, as well as emotional and medical needs are some of the determining factors. The courts are also instructed to not based their custody decision on the parents’ genders, but primarily on the overall well-being of the child.
By establishing paternity, you give your the opportunity and ability to stay with the parent who can support them, provide their needs, and give them the best quality of life possible. And even if you are not the custodial parent, an established parentage can give you the right to act on behalf of your child and ensure that they receive adequate care.
Proving or Contesting Paternity?
Due to the technological advancements in genetic testing, cases proving and contesting paternity have increased. While many men in New Jersey seek to prove that they are a child’s biological father, there are some men who themselves doubting their parentage to a child that they have a responsibility for.
Whether you are looking to prove or contest paternity, Gallo & Gallo is ready to guide you through the various legal procedures you need to do.
Free Consultation with an Experienced New Jersey Father’s Rights Lawyer
Proving paternity, contesting paternity, and fighting for their rights is part of a delicate and complicated process, but with the help of a law firm that specializes in paternity and father’s rights, you can effectively and efficiently safeguard your child’s welfare.
Gallo & Gallo can help answer your questions and address your concerns about the legalities of paternity.
Call Gallo & Gallo now at (201) 330-4228 for your Free Consultation with a New Jersey Father’s Rights Attorney!