Standing Up For The Rights Of Fathers
The breakup of a relationship is hard on every parent, but especially fathers who may feel like they naturally have a disadvantage when asserting their rights. Thankfully, Oklahoma family laws have provisions for unmarried or divorcing fathers to protect their relationships with their children. A strong and experienced advocate can help you understand how to assert them.
Oklahoma City family law attorney David W. Smith II protects fathers’ rights across Oklahoma. His services include assisting parents going through divorce as well as unmarried parents involved in paternity actions. Whatever your situation, Mr. Smith seeks solutions tailored to your specific circumstances.
Protecting Fathers’ Rights
In any child custody case, the court seeks to protect “the best interests of the children.” Attorney David W. Smith II assists fathers in providing evidence of how their involvement with the children will protect those interests. Evidence could include school records or statements from neighbors, family members and friends. In some cases, Mr. Smith may also work with a guardian ad litem who can represent the children’s interests.
Wherever possible, Mr. Smith seeks amicable resolutions through direct negotiation with the other side or through mediation. However, contested child custody cases often require litigation. In these cases, you can count on Mr. Smith for strong and aggressive trial advocacy to protect your rights as a father.
Establishing Custody For Unmarried Parents
Unlike parents who divorce, unmarried parents may first need to establish paternity before pursuing a child custody or support action. Lawyer David W. Smith II helps parents through this process by first obtaining DNA tests if the child’s parentage is in question. He can then assist them in asserting their rights to equitable child custody and support.
Contact David W. Smith II PLLC
If you need help protecting your fathers’ rights, contact Oklahoma City attorney David W. Smith II by calling 405-702-7711 for a free initial phone consultation. The firm offers evening and off-site appointments by arrangement.