This post is the third in a multi-part series on paternity law and men’s divorce. If you haven’t yet read parts 1 and 2, I recommend you do before continuing.
Significance of Paternity (continued)
The state always begins with the assumption that it is in the best interests of the child to have a relationship with both of their biological parents. Once paternity is established, it is rare for a court to deny a father some form of custody or visitation. The extent of the rights the father will receive varies from case to case, and is the majority of what the court will decide. However, if the mother can demonstrate to the court that the child having a relationship with their father is not in their best interests, it is possible for the court to strip the father’s custody and visitation rights. The most common example of this happening is in cases of abuse.
Of course, the reasons for establishing paternity vary based on who is attempting to establish it. For a mother in need, providing paternity paves the path to collecting child support. For a father, establishing paternity provides a legal bedrock for and protections of his relationship with his child. For the New Mexico Child Support Enforcement Division (NMCSED), proving paternity is important before they can offer the mother assistance.
Why you should choose PJ Hartman for your paternity law case
PJ Hartman has over 15 years of experience helping both fathers and mothers with paternity law and other family law issues. PJ is a board-certified family law specialist*, and also works alongside a variety of other professionals like financial experts, therapists, and others to resolve family law disputes.
Check back soon for Paternity Law & Men’s Divorce – Resolving Family Disputes With Integrity and Civility, Part 4. In the meantime, check out our page on paternity law.
*Certified by the New Mexico State Bar Board of Legal Specialization