Dads play an important role in the lives of their children, and their marital status has nothing to do with their right to maintain this role. Unmarried fathers have rights, but it is not always easy for them to secure the parenting time to which they may be entitled and other custody rights. Kids do better mentally and emotionally when allowed to have a strong relationship with both biological parents.
Unmarried Nebraska fathers may have a difficult time securing their custody rights because they will first need to formally establish paternity. If the father’s name is not on the birth certificate, that may be the first step. The mother may agree on paternity, and it may be as simple as both parents signing a few forms. However, there are times when it is necessary to go through a formal process to establish paternity in court, which typically means DNA testing.
Once paternity is verified, it is then possible to seek access to the kids. Parenting time should be fair, allowing a Nebraska dad to establish and maintain strong ties with his kids. He may also want to seek custodial rights, something that would give him the right to make important decisions for his kids. This includes decisions on religious upbringing, education and more.
If a dad has to fight for rightful parenting time or access to his or her kids, he does not have to fight alone. Working with an attorney can help make the process smoother and avoid missteps. There is a statute of limitations on how long a father has to establish parentage, and quick action is important in these types of cases.