In Pennsylvania and elsewhere, numerous fathers feel that, when it comes to their children, they are not given equal rights. However, fathers’ rights do exist and they are protected under state laws. Fathers can seek child support, custody or visitation under the right circumstances. Unfortunately, many dads tend to find that achieving any of these things is significantly more challenging than expected.
The father-child relationship, if properly nurtured, can have long-lasting benefits. For this reason, dads who want to have access to their children should be able to receive it, unless of course, there is reason to refuse it — such as in domestic violence or addiction cases. If there are no grounds to refuse custody or visitation time, fathers may request the custody or visitation schedule that works for them and serves the best interests of their children.
Fathers who are able to achieve full or primary custody also have the ability to request child support. Mothers are not the only ones allowed to make such requests. To learn more about how child support works in Pennsylvania, please take a moment to visit our firm’s website. Here you will also find more information about how an attorney can assist you if you feel your fathers’ rights are being ignored.
Courts in Pennsylvania do recognize and understand the important roles fathers play in the lives of their children. If you feel your fathers’ rights are unjustifiably being denied, you can take action. An experienced attorney will be able to assist you in seeking custody and/or — if applicable — financial support for your child.