What Rights Do Unmarried Mothers and Fathers Have?
When it comes to the rights of unmarried parents, friends and family are full of well-intentioned but inaccurate advice. Much misinformation circulates, causing many unmarried parents to become confused about what their rights actually are. To get honest answers you can trust, speak with an experienced lawyer.
At Brasier Law, LLC, we represent unmarried parents in the Portland area. We understand how important your child’s well-being is and will work hard to help you stay involved in your child’s life. Our goal is to explain and protect the rights of unmarried parents. Call our office at 503-855-4777 or 503-855-4777 to schedule a free phone consultation.
Representing Unmarried Fathers
In Oregon, when an unmarried woman gives birth to a child and does not include the father’s name on the birth certificate, the man does not automatically have rights to custody or parenting time. To establish these rights, he must file a paternity action. When the court determines he is indeed the child’s father, he may then receive custody and visitation and be responsible for child support.
Representing Unmarried Mothers
For an unmarried mother to collect child support, she must file a paternity action. Once the court or administrative agency determines paternity, the father is responsible for helping support the child financially. Child supportpayments are determined by the Oregon guidelines.
Clearing Up Common Misconceptions Regarding Rights of Unmarried Parents
Some unmarried mothers may believe they are entitled to deny fathers the right to parenting time, claiming it is in the child’s best interests. However, the courts generally rule that if an unmarried father establishes paternity, he has the same rights as a married father. Essentially, both parents have equal claim to custody and parenting time.
Discuss Your Case With an Attorney
To learn more about the rights of unmarried parents, contact our office and arrange a free phone consultation. We represent clients throughout Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington Counties and other surrounding areas. Our firm also maintains two offices in Portland. For your convenience, evening and weekend appointments are available upon request. We accept credit cards.