Establishment of Paternity and Parental Rights, Child Custody, Child Support, Timesharing, Relocation
Paternity and Parental Rights
Children have a right to their parents as parents have a right to their children. Parental rights should not be taken for granted. If you want to establish your rights and responsibility as a parent it is essential to assert those rights. Once you are deemed the legal parent over a child, you have a right to confer over the welfare of the child, and enjoy time with your child. Unmarried parents often find themselves in conflict because they have not learned what the law requires of them to co-parent their child.
You may have recently discovered that you have been misled or deceived into believing that you are the parent to another’s child. You may have the ability to address this matter and prove that you are not the father of a child in a disestablishment of paternity action. The attorneys at the Law Office of Sheena Benjamin-Wise are experienced in both establishment and disestablishment of paternity.
Timesharing (Formerly Child Custody and Visitation) and Other Child-Related Issues
Legal parents have a right to raise and have access to their children. When families go through permanent separation or divorce, parents must learn to co-parent and share their children even though they no longer live in the same household. Parents may need help to understand the law and design an effective and appropriate parenting plan outlining parties’ parental responsibility, and establish a schedule for each parent and their children, especially holiday scheduling. Child-related litigation is complex and requires a review of voluminous factors to determine the best interests of children. Court litigation can be overwhelming and heartbreaking. The attorneys of the Law Office of Sheena Benjamin-Wise will assist you to navigate through these difficult issues and complex litigation. If your former spouse or the parent of the child actively interferes with access to children, the attorneys will craft the necessary response to restore access and protect your parental rights.
Child Support and Financial Responsibilities
Child Support is the legal determination to financially contribute for the needs of minor children. Every child has the right to have financial support from both their parents. Parents have a right to raise and have access to their children. Parents cannot waive the child’s right to be supported. Generally, child support is payable until the child is 18 years of age, graduates high school, gets married, becomes emancipated, or dies, unless the child has special needs in which case, payments may be extended beyond the child’s 18th birthday. The calculation of child support depends on many factors, such as time-sharing, the parents’ incomes, educational expenses, insurance costs, child care costs, and extracurricular expenses. The attorneys at the Law Office of Sheena Benjamin-Wise will help you ensure that your child support calculation is correct.
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