Understanding Fathers’ Rights in New York

Father’s Rights in New York

Since mothers are generally considered the primary caregiver for children, mothers may be given more say in the parenting arrangements.  However, since it is in the best interest of the child to have a relationship with both of his order parents, a father should understand his rights.

What Rights Does a Father Have?

Fathers’ rights are generally the same as the rights of a mother.  They may be entitled to 50/50 physical custody of the child, as well as shared legal custody and in some instances, they may also be the recipients of child support.  If the parents have joint custody, of 50/50 custody, the child resides with the parents’ equal amount of time.  If the mother retains physical custody of the child, the father should be entitled to visitation with the child, which can include overnight stays, vacations, holidays, and so on.  In terms of legal custody, parents who share legal custody can both make decisions for the child, including decisions on education, religion, etc.  A father may also have the right to challenge decisions made by the mother if he believes the decision may negatively impact the child.

Understanding your Rights as a Father

Fathers’ rights can be confusing.  As a result, its important that you know what your rights are and what you are entitled to as a father.  If you have any questions or concerns about your current custody arrangement or impending custody issues, you should consult with an experienced family law attorney.

If you have questions about your rights as a father, it is important that you consult with an experienced family law attorney who can provide you with assistance.

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