Being a father is one of a man’s most rewarding roles. However, it may come with some challenges, especially regarding legal aspects. Whether you are a recently divorced or a single father looking for more information about your legally defined rights, you have come to the right place.

In this blog, we will answer all of your questions about father’s rights in child custody, parenting time, family planning, and paternal leave.

Do Fathers Have Parental Rights?

As a father, you have parental rights. In many states, including Louisiana, legal paternity is automatically granted to the biological father when the child is born during a marriage.

However, if the child was born outside of the marriage, the father must establish paternity legally. This can be done through voluntary acknowledgment of paternity, genetic testing, or court order.

What Are Your Rights as a Father?

While parental rights can vary depending on individual circumstances, there are some general rights that fathers can count on. Here is a breakdown:

Child Custody

Both mothers and fathers have equal custody rights, regardless of marital status, as long as both parents are deemed fit to have custody. This determination is usually based on various factors, including the child’s relationship with each parent, the child’s best interests, and each parent’s ability to provide for the child.

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Parenting Time

Fathers are entitled to parenting time, even if they do not have physical custody of the child. This ensures that the child has regular contact with both parents unless there is a history of abuse, neglect, or other concerns that may impact the child’s well-being.

Family Planning

Fathers also have the right to be involved in family planning decisions. This includes decisions regarding medical care, religious practices, education, and more.

Paternal Leave

While federal law does not require paid paternal leave, many states, including Louisiana, have enacted family leaves laws that allow fathers to take up to 12 weeks off work for the birth or adoption of a child.

Count on Ellen Cronin Badeaux

At Ellen Cronin Badeaux, LLC, we understand how important it is for fathers to have their parental rights protected. For over 28 years, we have served clients throughout Covington, LA, providing compassionate and personalized legal representation.

As family lawyers, personal injury attorneys, divorce lawyers, criminal lawyers, and more, we have the experience and knowledge necessary to achieve the best possible outcome for your case.

Contact us today for aggressive representation or a mediated resolution to your legal issues at the trial or appellate level.