There are several reasons to establish paternity if you are an unmarried father in San Diego. The primary reason is to protect your rights to see your child and be a part of their life. If a child is born in California to unmarried parents custody rights, including the right to make important decisions regarding the health, education, religion and welfare of the child reside with the mother. An unmarried mother also has sole discretion on who can visit (or be deprived of time to visit) the child. She can take the child and move out of the area or out of state.
Child custody and parenting time rights are a primary motivation in these cases. However, there are several reasons to establish paternity for the good of the child. Many studies have shown a child with the active presence of a father develops much stronger physical, emotional and mental wellness. Children are much more likely to experience success in school and extra-curricular activities when fathers are actively involved in each activity.
Another important consideration is the health of your child. Fathers are able to obtain health insurance for a child on their own medical insurance. This ensures access to healthcare, wellness check ups and medical support for any challenges a child may face. It is also helpful for physicians to have a full family medical history (mother and father) when treating a child.
While child custody and parenting time are often the primary motivation, there are several reasons to establish paternity if you are an unmarried father in San Diego. This is why it is important to seek the sound advice and counsel of the Certified Family Law Specialists at Burke & Domercq.