Helping Little Rock Unmarried Fathers Establish Visitation, Custody Rights

When parents are married at the time of a child's birth, an automatic legal relationship between the child, mother and father is created. The father's name is automatically placed on the birth certificate.

When parents are unmarried at the time of a child's birth, no automatic relationship is created between the child and father, and a court order is required.

Understanding Parental Relationships When No Marriage Has Occurred

An Acknowledgement of Paternity (AOP) and/or the unmarried biological father's name on the birth certificate creates a presumption of paternity in the biological father, but it does not establish paternity legally for custody and/or visitation purposes. The unmarried biological father must obtain custody and/or visitation rights through a separate paternity action.

For fathers who have been served with a child support action by the Office of Child Support Enforcement, the establishment of paternity for child support purposes, even with DNA testing, only establishes paternity for the purpose of child support.

If you are an unmarried father of a child in Arkansas and you want to be involved in your child's life, it is important to work with an experienced lawyer who can help you establish paternity properly.

Choosing Our Firm For Assistance

As Little Rock paternity lawyers at the Law Office of Vickie Lynn Cochran, we aggressively represent clients who either want to be more involved in their children's lives or want to deny or contest paternity. We also help clients in uncontested paternity cases ensure that all legal rights and responsibilities are finalized properly in the eyes of the court.

The process can be challenging, especially if the child's mother is uncooperative or hiding the child. As an experienced attorney, we have the knowledge to help level the playing field.

Contact us today by email or call 501-313-1813 to schedule a free initial consultation. Flexible appointment arrangements available. Credit cards accepted.