Fremont Family Law Attorney offers some advice to pregnant women who have been left by the baby’s father.
It’s a sad fact of life that many unmarried women, after they find out they are pregnant, find themselves alone when the father of their child leaves. There are a number of legal issues that need to be sorted through in this situation including confirming paternity of the child, securing child support from the baby’s father and working out a child custody arrangement that is in the best interests of the child.
A family law attorney can assist you in each of these areas. The first thing is to determine the paternity of the child. When the baby is born, both parents can sign the Declaration of Paternity. If the father contests the paternity, a paternity test can be performed to establish paternity. Once paternity is established, your family law attorney can help you get an order of child support from the father, and the California Department of Child Support Services can assist you with child support collection and enforcement.
Child custody arrangements between unmarried couples can be tricky, and an experienced family law attorney can help you craft the best possible child custody arrangement for the child. The courts take many factors under consideration when establishing custody including:
- Child’s health, safety and welfare
- History of physical abuse
- Certain violent crimes that may restrict custody or visitation orders
- Stability of the home environment
- Avoiding separation of siblings
- Wishes of the child, if the child is old enough to voice them.
Your family law attorney will assist you in working through these issues to help you through a difficult period of your life. Just because you were not married when you became pregnant doesn’t mean you, and your child, do not have rights. Contact a family law attorney to review your rights and help you protect them.
Here at Sagaria Law, we offer a full range of family law and legal services including divorce, paternity, adoption, child custody and visitation matters, child support, spousal support, alimony, juvenile dependency, domestic violence, division of property, grandparent visitation and custody, etc. We have seven Northern California locations including San Jose, San Francisco, Redwood City, Fremont, Salinas, Roseville and Sacramento. We offer a free thirty minute consultation, either in person at any of our offices, or over the phone. Call our offices today and we can connect you with an attorney immediately or we can schedule your free consultation with one of our family law attorneys : (408) 279-2288 or (800) 941-6730 or visit www.sagarialaw.com.