Parental Rights

Protecting Your Parental Rights Under the Law

Establishing or terminating parental rights is necessary in paternity and adoption cases. In order to collect child support, the paternity of a child must first be established before the court can take action. For fathers who want access to their children, a paternity test must be conducted in order to provide the necessary legal foundation for establishing visitation rights. In cases involving stepparent adoptions, the parental rights of a child's biological mother or father must be terminated. At the law office Rittgers & Rittgers, our family law attorneys prepare and file all necessary paperwork related to paternity and stepparent adoption cases.

Paternity, Father's Rights, and Child Support

In order to establish the paternity of a child, the court will order a paternity test. Typically, a paternity test involves the use of a cotton swab to collect DNA from inside the cheek of a putative father. Afterward, the results are verified in court. Once paternity is established, a mother can demand child support or a father can demand visitation rights. In cases involving a newborn, if the mother attempts to place the baby up for adoption, a paternity test can provide a father with the legal foundation needed to challenge an adoption.

Stepchild Adoptions and Parental Rights

In order to adopt a stepchild, the parental rights of the biological parent must first be terminated. If the biological parent isn't willing to cooperate, the process can be complicated by a number of factors. The court may undertake an evaluation of what it believes is in the best interest of a child. Here, a number of issues will be evaluated and an in-home study or psychological evaluation of a child may be ordered. Our attorneys advise clients of their rights and assert their legal prerogatives through court petitions and motions that ensure due process and consideration is given to them.

Contact Warren County, Ohio, Parental Rights Attorneys Today

Regardless of whether you're interested in establishing paternity to collect child support, protecting visitation rights to your child, or terminating parental rights to affect an adoption, we can help. To schedule an appointment and learn how we can help you, contact our parental rights lawyers at Rittgers & Rittgers today. Call us at 513-932-2115 or contact us online.