Birmingham Paternity Lawyer

Helping Fathers and Mothers in St. Clair, Jefferson, Shelby, and Shelby Counties

Fathers across Alabama have the right to seek child custody and visitation rights when a child is born out of wedlock. Children have the right to maintain a relationship with both parents, and courts will work to help make this a reality. In some cases, however, parents must work out their custody and visitation arrangements through the court system. If you are a father who is concerned about your parental rights, it may be time to speak with a Birmingham family lawyer. At Ruth Robinson Law Firm, we can help you explore your options and work to protect your parental rights.

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Establishing Paternity for Father's Rights

Paternity is the legal determination of a child's biological father. A father can be recognized as a child's legal parent through:

  • An acknowledgment of paternity – the father signs an affidavit stating that he is the child's father
  • A court order – a judge may order the mother to submit to genetic testing to establish the father's biological relationship to the child
  • Marriage – if the child's mother is married at the time of the child's birth, the husband is considered the child's legal parent

It is a father's right to obtain a determination of paternity. However, a mother may file a petition with the court to establish paternity if she suspects that the child's father is not the mother's husband. This is known as a paternity action, and it is the mother who initiates the proceeding.

Establishing paternity can have an impact on a father's parental rights – if the father is married to the mother, he will generally have all the same rights as a biological father. However, if the father is not married to the mother, he will not be considered the child's legal parent and will not have any legal rights or responsibilities unless he signs an affidavit of paternity or a court orders him to be the child's legal parent.

Alabama Paternity Laws

In Alabama, a child's mother is required to notify the child's father of his paternity rights within 60 days of the child's birth. The mother may do so by either:

  • Notifying the father in writing and sending the notice by certified mail
  • Informing the father of his paternity rights in person

If the mother chooses to not comply with the notification requirement, the father may file a paternity action with the court to establish his paternity.

Contact Our Team Today

Speak with a Birmingham paternity lawyer at Ruth Robinson Law Firm if you are concerned about your parental rights. We can help you explore your options and work to protect your parental rights.

Contact us online or call (205) 984-1915 today to schedule an initial consultation. We are located in Birmingham, but serve clients throughout Alabama.

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