In most cases, when people hear about child custody cases, they assume a couple is getting divorced. Custody battles can become a central focus of divorce cases, but what happens if a couple has children but was never married?
At the Law Offices of Stephanie L. Mahdavi, we recognize that not every couple decides to get married. More and more, it has become the norm for couples to cohabitate. However, this can change the way separation proceedings occur, especially when there are children under 18 involved. For unmarried couples, as with married couples, each parent has rights over their children as long as paternity has been established. If you need a Westlake Village child custody attorney to help you sort through all of this, call us today.
It is vital to understand the basics of child custody when going through a separation. First, there are two types of custody:
There can be joint or sole custody awarded for both types of custody but they do not have to be the same for both.
A visitation schedule will need to be established for non-custodial parents and issues of child support payments will need to be worked out during separation as well.
Unwed mothers are automatically given custody at the time of birth. The mother does not have to take any action in order to assert her rights. A father gains rights when paternity is established. Paternity of a child needs to be determined, especially when issues of child custody and child support are ongoing. The paternity of a child can be determined a few ways:
At the Law Offices of Stephanie L. Mahdavi, you can count on having a qualified and experienced attorney by your side to help you get through the challenges of separating when you have children under 18 years of age. When you need a Westlake Village child custody attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 805-379-4550.