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What Are Father's Rights in Kentucky?

Fathers generally have equal rights in Kentucky, however if you are unwed, you must file legal action in order to establish those rights.  Those rights may differ if you are married or unwed at the time of the birth of your child(ren). Infant children may, and often are, treated differently than older children.  There remains perception, literature and a number of experts who will testify that it is especially important for a child to bond with the mother during formative years.  This is especially true for newborn children.  Additionally, a mother may be breastfeeding or otherwise have necessity to protect the newborn infant. It is important for fathers of newborns to recognize that this bonding time with Mother is important to the development of your child. Additionally, it provides a sense of calm with the mother.  It is important to know that this is the beginning of a lifelong relationship that the parents will have; not only with the child but with one another.  While it may be important to establish legal rights, beginning a relationship with legal mandates and aggressive court action days or weeks after birth is seldom a way to work as a cohesive unit. In unwed situations, you must first establish paternity.  Prior to the establishment of paternity, the father has virtually no rights.  The mother decides what to name the child, whether to circumcise, and makes all medical decisions for the minor child. Any custody or visitation rights are the sole decision of the mother before paternity is determined. If you have a child and wish to explore your custody, paternity or visitation rights, you should seek the advice of a competent and experienced domestic relations/family law attorney.  Rights differ from state to state and Ohio and Kentucky have very different laws regarding custody of children born out of wedlock. For a consultation in Northern Kentucky, contact Michael Bouldin at [email protected] or call 581-MIKE; 859-581-6453.

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