Asserting Fathers' Rights

Doing the right thing as a dad isn't always easy. In fact, it can be very difficult — especially if you aren't married to the child's mother.

But you do have legal rights. At Rieger & Fried LLP, our attorneys are highly experienced in protecting fathers' interests. We can help you assert your fathers' rights and remain involved in meaningful ways in your child's life.

Contact us today to discuss your personal situation. Based in Garden City, we serve clients throughout Nassau County, Suffolk County and the surrounding region.

What Are Your Circumstances?

Fathers' rights is a broad term that can apply in several different settings. Our lawyers stand ready to handle any of the possible scenarios, including:

  • Paternity cases — In New York, if the parents aren't married to each other when a child is born, there is a key legal step needed for the father to be recognized. This could be signing an acknowledgment form at the hospital. Or a judge could issue a court order stating that someone is legally the father. No matter what the precise facts, we can guide you forward confidently in taking steps that make sense for your situation.
  • Custody and parenting plans — In theory, New York is supposed to have a presumption of shared child custody when parents of minor children split up. This means that mothers don't necessarily get primary custody or more parenting time, even if they have been the primary caregiver. Our law firm can help you seek shared custody and equal parenting time with your minor children.

There are also other ways in which we can safeguard the interests of both married and unmarried dads. For example, we advocate for fathers who are affected by changes in New York's alimony laws, which took effect in 2015 and 2016. These changes apply to both temporary maintenance (before the divorce) and longer-term support after the divorce becomes final.

Get A Strong Advocate On Your Side

To arrange a confidential consultation, call our office or complete the online form. We look forward to hearing about your unique circumstances and helping you take on your rightful role in your child's life.