Divorce and Family Law Practice Areas

Unmarried Parent Custody Rights

Protecting the Father’s Parental Rights

When a child is born to unwed parents, both the mother and the father have all of the same rights as if they were married. In some instances, the mother may attempt to deny the father’s parental rights and shield the child from contact with him. A father’s parental rights are protected under the law in New York and cannot be denied unless it can be shown that he is unfit to care for the child.

New York law supports the notion that a child’s interests are best served when he or she has a meaningful relationship with both parents, and mothers do not have the right to decide otherwise. If you are an unwed father and the child’s mother is denying you visitation or custody rights, you should seek the advice of an experienced New York attorney who can help to ensure that your rights are recognized.

Attorney Jeffrey DeRoberts of DeRoberts Law Firm in Syracuse represents clients on all sides of custody issues involving unmarried parents. He builds strong cases specifically designed to help his clients reach their goals with a strong focus on ensuring that the child’s best interests are protected.

Syracuse Parenting Plans and Custody Agreements Lawyer

Depending on the situation, each father may have different goals with regard to his parental rights. Some may wish to seek joint custody. If there is a concern for the child’s safety under the mother’s care, some fathers choose to seek sole custody. Other fathers may not want custody, but only want to have a meaningful role in the child’s life. For these fathers, visitation may be all that is needed.

No matter what level of custody you may be seeking, Mr. DeRoberts is prepared to present the most compelling possible argument to help you get it. He has helped countless clients throughout the Syracuse area and across central New York secure favorable results in these matters, and he has the experience necessary to see that your interests are protected.

Discuss Your Case With Mr. DeRoberts

It is never easy when another person is attempting to deny your parental rights, especially when those rights are protected under the law. Mr. DeRoberts is prepared to fight for your unmarried parent custody rights, including advocating for them in court if necessary.

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