When fathers are faced with legal matters involving their children, it is important to seek the counsel of an objective, experienced lawyer who can provide guidance through these difficult issues. Several factors can compound the problems experienced by fathers, including the stress caused by divorce, parental alienation and confusion over child support issues.
We often see fathers who have become frustrated by a soured relationship with the mother of their child or who feel alienated by the legal system. Despite the difficulties experienced by many fathers during the time of separation, divorce or custody litigation, the value of the father/ child relationship cannot be underestimated.
Fathers, like Mothers, play an irreplaceable role in the lives of their children. Each is equally important. There is no substitute for the positive presence of a father who is actively involved in the lives of his children.
Studies have shown that children who are raised with the positive presence of their father, on average, do better in school, have higher self esteem, have more confidence and are less likely to fall prey to crime and substance abuse.
The following statistics are compelling indicators of the perils which can result from father abandonment:
- According to the National Center on Health Studies, children who have no relationship with their fathers are 100% to 200% more likely to have emotional and behavioral problems.
- Boys whose fathers have abandoned them, are 300% more likely to be incarcerated.
While there are fathers out there who are not active in the lives of their kids, there are many fathers who are very involved and who understand the impact of their relationship with their children. We are often contacted by fathers who wish to continue, or establish, a close and loving relationship with their children.
For the father of a child born out of wedlock, certain
legal matters must usually be dealt with to protect and to establish his legal rights to his children. The establishment of a fair amount of child support is a crucial element and to have an order of child support is a benefit to both the father and the child. In these instances, a court order establishing the father's legal rights, including custodial and/or visitation rights, is extremely important.
Attorney Hanyard-Miles has successfully represented many fathers in the areas of divorce, marital separation, child custody, legitimation, child support, visitation and parenting time scheduling.
If you are a father or husband contemplating or involved in a pending divorce, child custody matter, visitation matter or child support issue, give our office a call. Attorney Hanyard-Miles will help you decide the best course for you, keeping your rights in mind as well as the best interests of your child.
Call our office. Attorney Hanyard-Miles will be glad to meet with you to discuss your case. We are with you, every step of the way!
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