Dedicated North Carolina Father’s Rights Attorneys Fighting for Our Clients

At the David W. Martin Law Group, our North Carolina father’s rights lawyers know that dads play an integral role in their children’s lives.

Whether they are married to the other parent or not, being a father comes with undeniable rights that must be protected when parents part ways during a divorce or break up.

Unfortunately, those rights can be purposefully manipulated to benefit the other parent during child custody disputes or child support hearings, which is simply unfair to dads everywhere.

If you are a dad in North Carolina, you deserve equal access to your children. We can help, starting with an initial consultation to discuss your unique story.

What Are a Father’s Rights During a North Carolina Divorce?

When parents pursue a divorce in North Carolina, fathers are entitled to the same rights as mothers.

That includes the right to:

  • Pursue child custody and visitation in private or through legal channels.
  • Make decisions regarding the children’s education.
  • Contribute to the physical, emotional, spiritual, and psychological health of the children.
  • Pay or collect child support based on the child custody decisions.

When parents cannot agree on how to divide their rights equally, there are multiple ways to legally establish the father’s rights.

That can include establishing a separation agreement, parenting agreement, or child custody agreement privately, through mediation, or litigation inside the courtroom.

If you are pursuing a divorce in North Carolina, and have minor children to care for, contact our skilled father’s rights attorneys to ensure your entitlements as a dad are not interrupted during the proceedings. We can help you pursue and/or maintain a steady influence in your kids’ lives, despite parting ways with your spouse.

Our experienced family law attorneys in North Carolina represent clients in the following legal matters:

What Are a North Carolina Father’s Rights When the Parents Were Never Married?

The mother’s parental rights are inherent upon the birth of a child and remain unchanged whether she is or was married to the father.

When parents are not married, the North Carolina child custody law affords the birth mother all custodial rights until the biological father establishes paternity.

In North Carolina, an unwed father can establish paternity by:

  • Signing an Affidavit of Parentage when the child is born.
  • Filing a formal motion petitioning the family court to determine parentage, which will require submitting to a genetic test with the results being returned to the judge for an official ruling.

If you are an unwed father in North Carolina, no matter your relationship with the mother — including whether you stayed together throughout the pregnancy, the birth, and beyond, or were never a couple — you have the right to establish paternity and pursue legal or physical custody of your child(ren).

What Happens When the Mother Disputes a North Carolina Father’s Rights?

Once paternity is established, the child custody and child support obligations become the same as those that apply to married couples.

That means the mother cannot simply deny your pursuit of child custody or visitation simply because she does not want you to be involved in the child’s life.

Our North Carolina father’s rights attorneys believe establishing child custody and support agreement is important to your family’s dynamics and their overall physical, mental, and emotional health going forward.

We can help ensure that your father’s rights are protected and upheld going forward, starting with an initial consultation.

Contact Our Skilled Father’s Rights Attorneys in North Carolina Today for Help

At the David W. Martin Law Group, our father’s rights attorneys in North Carolina are here to listen to your parental and legal challenges, so we can outline all potential strategies that will allow you to pursue the best outcome for your case.

Call our North Carolina family law attorneys at 980-265-9724 today to get the help you need to become the best dad you can be.


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