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Fort Mill Fathers' Rights Lawyers

Protecting Parental Rights in Fort Mill, Indian Land, Rock Hill, York County & Lancaster County Family Courts

According to the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families, half of all children in South Carolina are born out of wedlock. For those 50% of unmarried fathers, those that do not prove paternity may have no legal visitation or custody rights. In order to ensure that you have a place in your child’s life, you will need to prove and establish paternity.

Holland Law LLC’s experienced fathers' rights attorneys in Fort Mill and Rock Hill can help you establish visitation rights. Call (803) 500-4140 for more information.

Why Are Fathers Important?

Over the years, courts have been trending away from automatically favoring mothers during custody proceedings. They recognize that fathers play an important role in their children’s development and that it’s important for children to have a relationship with their fathers. In general, children that grow up without fathers are more likely to:

  • Face a greater risk of poverty
  • Have behavioral issues
  • Commit a crime and go to prison
  • Become pregnant as a teen
  • Abuse drugs and alcohol

If you want to be apart of your child’s life and upbringing, you’re within your rights to prove paternity and fight for custody.

Establishing Paternity

If you are unmarried, you must sign a Paternity Acknowledgement Affidavit to be considered the legal father of your child. You can do this in the hospital when your child is born, or later with the Department of Health and Environment Control or the health department of the county where your child was born.

If there is any doubt as to the parentage of the child, you can apply with the Department of Social Services for a hearing and DNA testing. You cannot obtain legal visitation or custodial rights without first establishing paternity.

Visitation

In the best case scenario, you and the mother of your child would be able to agree to a visitation schedule. Unfortunately, relationships aren’t always that straightforward. If you are the legal father of your child, but aren’t able to see him or her as much as you think is fair, you may need assistance from a lawyer.

Legal Custody

Legal custody is a separate matter from physical custody. Legal custody is the right to make decisions on behalf of the child. Even if one parent has primary physical custody, South Carolina courts may choose joint legal custody so that both parents are part of important decisions.

Whatever your situation, Holland Law LLC can be your guide in navigating family court. Don’t let your paternal rights be ignored. Reach out at (803) 500-4140 for help.

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