Long Island New York Fathers' Rights Attorney

Fathers' Rights

Fathers who do not have primary custody of their children still have a number of important rights. Fathers' rights exist to make sure that the child's best interests are protected and that each parent can play an important role in the child's life. Historically, family courts have used a legal doctrine known as the "maternal preference" to decide custody battles. Needless to say, mothers have had an unfair advantage in child custody battles.

But, thanks to the efforts of fathers' rights activists and lawyers who have fought for the rights of fathers, many states have moved away from gender-based favoritism that denies dads the right to be involved in their children's lives. If you are a father who is going through a divorce and a child custody battle, please contact the Long Island fathers' rights attorneys at the Law Offices of Paul A. Boronow, PC to obtain more information about protecting your rights.

If you are a father who would like to make changes to create a better life for your child, please DO NOT hesitate to research your legal options.

Understanding Your Rights

It is a common misconception that the primary custodial parent has all the rights with regards to where the child will live and how he or she will be raised. Fathers who do not have primary custody of their children still have the right to:

  • Block adoptions by another, such as a second husband.
  • Provide input regarding who can watch the child and where.
  • Request extended visitation rights.
  • Prevent a relocation or at least delay a big move without consultation and approval.
  • Request vacation time, holidays and school break blocks of time with the child.
  • Enforce a consistent schedule.
  • Request traveling rights.

Action Fathers Can Take in New York

It is important to concentrate on the best interests of the child during and after the divorce. Circumstances can change quickly. If your ex has been offered a new job in another city, you may want to explore your options before simply letting her take your children away. You have the right to spend time with your children, and you may be able to block a big move.

It is also possible for noncustodial fathers to request more time with their children. In general, the court tends to favor keeping custodial agreements as they are, but it is possible to make changes when circumstances have changed. If your limited time with your children was in relation to a past issue that you have resolved, you may be able to request more time now. You may even request more time if you no longer believe that your child is safe or if you have concerns regarding his or her upbringing.

How a Nassau County Fathers' Rights Attorney Can Help

You have rights as the father and a family law attorney can help you use those rights to protect the best interests of your child. Your child's welfare must remain protected during the divorce proceedings, custody battles and paternity suits. Children deserve support from both parents and you are entitled to time with your children. In New York, the law isn't supposed to favor the mother or father, but be neutral. This isn't always the case. If you have questions about your rights, don't hesitate to speak with a Nassau County family law attorney. Call us at (516) 227-5353 for a free, comprehensive and confidential consultation.

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