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Rights of Unmarried Parents

Rights of Unmarried Parents

Rights of Unmarried Parents Serving the Rights of Unmarried Parents Unmarried parents have a unique set of challenges, both in child-raising and in separation. Questions of paternity, custody, child support, and visitation can be more complex when the parents are not married, but with the right family law attorney, you can fight for your rights and responsibilities as a parent. If you have questions about your right as an unmarried parent, contact The Law Office of Heath L. Baker. Mr. Baker understands how to navigate the emotionally charged family court system. As a Riverside native himself, Mr. Baker can help you and your family find a solution and get through a difficult time. Call (951) 220-8010 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation today. Rights of Unmarried Mothers If parents are not married when the child is born, typically the mother’s name is the only one on the California birth certificate. If this is the case, the father would have to prove paternity in order to make any legal claim to the child. With this in mind, the mother is presumed to be the legal parent of the child, giving her sole physical and legal custody. The only exception to an unmarried mother receiving sole custody would be if the mother is shown to be unfit or has abandoned the child. Mothers with legal and physical custody have the right (and responsibility) to make decisions about the child’s: School or child care Religious activities or institutions Psychiatric, psychological, or other mental health counseling or therapy needs Doctor, dentist, orthodontist, or other health care Sports, summer camp, vacation,...