Fathers’ Rights

Mankato Family Law Attorney

African American Family Using Tablet ComputerThe rights of fathers tend to have to be defended, especially when it comes to child custody matters. The reason is because the father is frequently left behind in matters. For instance, the mother may wish to locate out of state due to a job. If the court believes this to be in the best interest of the child, the court will grant the move.

If you are a father and you wish to assert your rights, you can with the right attorney by your side. At Birkholz Law, LLC, we will help you toward making sure that you remain in the lives of your children.

A Focus On Fathers’ Rights

Helping fathers assert their rights is not in an effort to be anti-mom or anti-female; it’s about fight for what is right and giving a father an equal opportunity to remain a part of the lives of their children, whether or not they were previously married to the mother.

Fathers have the right to visit their children, they have a right to request custody, and it is their right to modify visitation and child support as necessary, especially when the court agrees with these modifications. If the mother wishes to move with the child to another state, the father has the right to oppose the move. We help fathers make their voices heard.

Fathers’ Rights In Divorce

While a father can assert his rights whether or not he was married to the mother of his children, divorce is one of the most common reasons why a man finds himself fighting. The other is when a man knows that he is the father of a child and has to prove it to get visitation or to fight for custody.

Nonetheless, Minnesota is a “no fault” state and that means that one spouse does not need the consent of the other to become divorce, nor are the reasons for the divorce very important. The courts look at what they believe is best. All that is required for a divorce is that one of the parties has lived in the state for at least 6 months before the divorce process starts. The second requirement is that the marriage is broken and cannot be fixed.

If a father wins custody of his children, it is not out of question that the mother would have to pay child support or even spousal support. It simply depends on who earns the most money and what the circumstances are. Fathers do have the right to ask for any kind of necessary support through their father’s rights lawyer.

Contact A Southern Minnesota Divorce Lawyer

Sometimes fathers have to fight for the right to see their children or spend time with them. From establishing paternity to getting visitation rights with a child, there are laws that allow fathers to be a part of the lives of their children. At Birkholz Law, LLC, we recognize that your child needs you in their life and will work with you and for you in ensuring you are able to exercise your rights to your child. To find out more, call the Mankato office at 507-387-2100, St. James at 507-375-3374, and Westbrook at 507-274-6501 for a free consultation.