Family Law / Matrimonial Dispute

Parental Rights

What Are Parental Rights And Responsibilities?

Parents have legal rights and responsibilities towards their children. Parents need to provide shelter, food, clothes, education, and medical care to their children until they are old enough to take care of themselves.

In the context of family law, parental rights are a parent’s rights to make important decisions and to take actions on behalf of their child or children. These rights are considered to automatically apply to biological parents.

How do I Get Parental Rights?

There are several different ways an individual can obtain parental rights. Adoption is one way in which this may be accomplished. Adoption requires court approval and permits an adult to become the legal parent of a child that is not their biological child.

In cases of legal separation and divorce, each parent may obtain different parental rights with many different combinations thereof. A parent may petition the court to change these rights as the child grows and the needs of each individual involved change. The rights of the parents in these cases are often referred to as custody rights. The two main types of custody are physical and legal custody.

Do I Need a Lawyer for Parental Rights Issues?

Yes, it is extremely important to have the assistance of a child custody lawyer for any parental rights issues you may have. It is important for you to understand and be aware of the rights you have regarding raising your child. Your lawyer can help determine your rights and ensure they are protected.

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