Dallas-Fort Worth Fathers’ Rights Lawyers
Protecting the Rights of Fathers in Plano, Arlington, Irving, and Tarrant County
Fathers often experience difficulties when it comes to their parental rights in divorce, post-divorce, or unmarried situations. While the courts generally do not favor mothers over fathers in deciding issues related to their children, fathers may have to fight for their rights, especially in cases where they have been wrongfully accused of domestic violence.
If you are a father who is facing a Texas divorce or post-divorce matter where your parental rights have been violated or if you are an unmarried father who wishes to rightfully establish your paternity, you can turn to Marx, Altman & Johnson. Our Dallas-Fort Worth fathers’ rights attorneys are experienced family law litigators who will aggressively fight to ensure that your rights are asserted throughout any court proceedings. With more than 100 years of combined experience to draw upon, our team provides capable and compassionate legal support throughout all phases of your case.
Need legal support to protect your rights? Reach out to Marx, Altman & Johnson online or by calling (817) 442-6182 for a free case analysis with one of our skilled Dallas-Fort Worth father's rights attorneys.
Fathers’ Rights in Texas
It is important to understand that not only child custody orders, but child support orders and even marital property division agreements may not actually support your child’s best interests. For all these issues, you may need the services of a fathers’ rights attorney. Courts base custody decisions on what is in the best interests of a child. The basic understanding of family courts is that children best benefit from a continuing and meaningful relationship with both parents. Our Dallas-Forth Worth fathers' rights attorneys are prepared to help fathers reach custody and other divorce settlement agreements that foster this basic premise.
Your rights and responsibilities as a father include the following:
- Child custody and visitation. As the biological parent of the child(ren) you share with your spouse or co-parent, you have the right to be a meaningful part of your child’s life as well as to have the authority to make major life co-decisions with the other party about the child. Even if you are not awarded primary residential child custody, you are entitled to your share of parenting time, which may or may not be divided on a fairly equal basis, depending on the individual circumstances of your case.
- Child support. As a biological father, you may be obligated to provide financial support for your child(ren). However, in some cases, this obligation may be divided between you and the child’s mother.
- The right to defend your parental rights when they are being threatened with termination by the other party for any reason.
- The right to defend yourself against wrongful accusations of domestic violence which would prevent your right to have access to your children, whether during a divorce or afterwards.
Child custody and support are determined at the time of your divorce. They can also arise after divorce through the need for enforcement or modification. For example, your ex-spouse or co-parent may violate the terms of your custody and visitation agreement in which you may need to seek legal enforcement through the courts. You may also need to seek a modification of either of these issues should life or financial circumstances materially change for you or your child(ren).
If you believe you are the biological father of a child born in an unmarried relationship who was not formally named the father at the time of the child’s birth, you may need to establish your parenthood through a paternity action. By doing so, you will be able to seek custody rights through the court. At Marx, Altman & Johnson, our Dallas-Forth Worth fathers' rights attorneys can guide you through this process. We urge that you be proactive in seeking to prove your paternity as soon as possible in order to increase the probability of your rights being recognized under Texas law.
Turn to Our Dallas-Forth Worth Fathers' Rights Attorneys
When any issue arises regarding your rights as a father, you can turn to our competent and caring team of Dallas-Fort Worth fathers’ rights attorneys. Our firm has built a solid reputation for legal excellence in helping individuals in need of divorce and family law representation throughout Tarrant County for over 30 years.