I often get asked what parental rights parents have when they are married, unmarried or have a child support order in place. These are the common questions and the answers to those questions.
What is a putative father?
A putative father is a man who may be a child’s biological father but who is not married to the child’s mother at the time the child is born or who has not established paternity of the child in a court or administrative hearing.
Does a putative father have parental rights?
While a dissolution starts with an agreement, a divorce is filed due to differences between the parties on one or more of the major issues, which include property division, spousal support and matters regarding the children.
Once a divorce is filed, the court will usually issue temporary orders. Such temporary orders generally consist of restraining orders, allocation of parental rights and responsibilities, child support, and spousal support.
An experienced divorce attorney can help people decide whether to pursue a dissolution or a divorce.