There are many situations when teenaged boys become fathers, and they have
legal rights and responsibilities to their children. Legally
establishing paternity will allow a teen father to exercise these rights and responsibilities.
It is beneficial to establish paternity as a teen father in order to best
determine custody, support of the child, medical rights, and visitation
schedules. Teen fathers have the right to take an active part in their
child's life unless the court deems it harmful to the child at-fault.
Normally, a teen father can establish paternity by voluntarily submitting
a paternity test. You will need to provide a blood or tissue sample and
the hospital will test the sample to determine whether or not you were
the father. It is also important to establish
visitation rights if you are able to establish that you are the father and that you
have a legal right to see your child. Typically, it is in your child's
best interests to establish court-ordered visitation so that you can eliminate
problems that could arise.
Some specific and court-ordered visits set boundaries and will give set
boundaries and allow you some control over how often you see your child.
It can also prevent misunderstandings or sabotaging of the father-child
relationship. Court ordered visits can also allow you to have consistent
bonding with your child in order to help establish a relationship.
If you would prefer to have full custody of your child, you have the right
to petition for this
custody in a California court house. You will want a hardworking and dedicated
Los Angeles family attorney to assist you if you plan to do this, as it
can be a difficult battle. The court may also mandate that you pay
child support to the baby's mother, depending on the nature of your case. Talk with
a Los Angeles family attorney at Cleary & Green if you are a teen
father and have questions about how to proceed with the legal implications
of this situation!