Paternity is a serious and sensitive issue. For many Colorado residents, the subject can even be offensive. One author who recently wrote an article about paternity and family knows this all too well. His article garnered a number of comments, many of them negative. However, he adds that when it comes to paternity, a "game changer" may save parents, particularly fathers, from unnecessary trouble.
For most Colorado parents, the birth of a child is a momentous occasion. Parents want to experience every hardship and joy the moment brings. However, one father did not experience such a moment after a judge ruled in favor of the pregnant mother and barred his presence in the delivery room.
In Colorado, residents know that the majority of custodial parents are women, which leaves fathers with only visitation rights. But, as society changes, so are many fathers, who are now pushing for their rights in order to be more involved with their children.
Establishing paternity and enjoying fathers' rights can be a complicated issue for unwed fathers across the U.S., including those in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. In a recent case, the child custody battle between Olympic skier Bode Miller and his former girlfriend, Sara McKenna, has ignited the debate over whether a fetus is a child or a part of the mother's body, and whether a pregnant woman can travel away from the unborn child's father.
Parents play a crucial role in their children's upbringing. For some unmarried fathers, being acknowledged as a parent is important, and there are legal remedies available to them to prove their paternity. However, in some cases, de-establishing paternity can be equally important.
A father's consistent and positive relationship with his child is beneficial to both the child and the father. In Wheat Ridge, Colorado, it is understandable that many unwed fathers pursue paternity because they love their children. However, common misconceptions can prevent a father from establishing paternity over his child.
Divorce, other than nullifying the marital union, is a process that obligates both parents to have certain responsibilities. One of the responsibilities is for both the divorced parents to maintain their relationship with their child and to provide for the best interests of the child. If a couple has been married and is now divorced, paternity is already established, although paternity is often difficult and complex between unmarried couples.
Most of us assume that a single parent is a single mom, and that is usually a correct assumption. However, a study by the Pew Research Center indicates that the number of single-father households is rising.
A recent commentary noted that while there have been many studies conducted about the impact of divorce on mothers and children, there seem to be few studies in existence about how divorce affects fathers. When studies do involve fathers, it is likely that the study is about the child, rather than the father.
The case of an adopted American Indian child who was returned to her biological father has reached the nation's highest court and may interest Colorado residents. The dispute pits a father's rights, as well as his heritage, against the rights of the adoptive parents, who wish only what they believe is in the best interest of the child.