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Fathers' rights deserve protection in New York court

So, you are a man who is considering divorce or fighting for paternity after having a child out of wedlock. Many New York dads think they can expect to simply be shut out of their children's lives because of courtroom bias. This is not necessarily the case; creating a coherent legal strategy can help dads exercise their fathers' rights and remain actively engaged in their kids' lives for years to come.

Many jurisdictions make establishing paternity sound like an easy process. Just fill out a couple of legal forms, and you are done. Not so fast. Although municipal websites may describe the process as relatively simple, a variety of complications can arise. Further, DNA testing and other procedures may need to be completed before paternity can be formally established. Taking a "do-it-yourself" approach is a risky move when your child's future is at stake. Instead, relying on an experienced attorney's advice can help expedite the process and protect you from an overly aggressive ex.

The same principles hold true during a divorce. You do not have to be steamrolled by your ex-spouse, who is trying to prevent you from having access to your children. Studies show that it is generally in the best interests of the child to have both parents involved in everyday care. Even if you do not get primary custody, you have the right to fight for a presence in your child's life.

Fathers can develop a strong relationship with their child after a divorce or break-up. However, they may need some legal help to make that happen. The proper legal strategy can help you achieve a favorable outcome in your family law proceedings.

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