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Keeping dads in the picture during custody disputes

Most North Carolina children do better in school and at home when their fathers are involved in their lives. However, there have been prevailing stereotypes that label fathers as being irresponsible, unreliable and inclined towards having abusive tendencies. These stereotypes have hurt many fathers' abilities to seek equal custody rights.

Fathers have options when seeking custody of their children

For fathers in North Carolina, facing separation from their children following a divorce or a split can be deeply painful. However, it's important for fathers to know that they have the right to seek child custody or visitation, regardless of whether they were married to their child's mother. Academic studies have repeatedly shown that, absent evidence of abuse or other mistreatment, children benefit greatly from the involvement of both of their parents in their lives.

Blac Chyna could end up paying Rob Kardashian child support

North Carolina celebrity watchers may be aware of the quick courtship, engagement and breakup of stars Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna in 2016. Their relationship produced a daughter who is now at the center of a custody dispute. Though neither parent has requested child support payments at this point, Kardashian is believed to be the one most likely to make the request.

Teen dads often do not get the support they need

Teen pregnancy is still a major problem for those in North Carolina and around the country who go through the actual experience and become parents. However, much of the focus is on the mothers. Traditionally, teen fathers are only thought of as financial providers. Despite these assumptions, however, teen fathers often plan an active role as caregivers for their children as well.

The importance of father's rights

Both the role of and attitudes toward fathers have changed since 1965. Fathers in North Carolina and across the United States are taking a more active role in raising their children, and the importance of having fathers as active parents has also increased dramatically. This shift in perspective may have a profound effect on custody cases.

Factors impacting the likelihood of establishing paternity

Fathers in North Carolina and throughout America are more likely to accept responsibility for a child if the mother is healthy, educated and affluent. They are also more likely to accept responsibility if the child is a boy. Those conclusions came after looking at data from a study published in Human Nature. In the United States, 40.6 percent of children were born to an unmarried couple in 2013.

A father's legitimization of a child in North Carolina

In North Carolina, an unmarried putative father will not have custodial rights to his child unless he establishes his paternity. Paternity may be established through a legal process called legitimation. After a man has established that he is the father of a child, he may then seek to enforce his legal rights.

Determining paternity in North Carolina

If a man is not married to the mother of a child, he is not liable for support until paternity is established. Paternity is the legal finding that a man is the father of a child, and in some cases, proof of a man's outstanding claim to be the legal father. Establishing paternity can have benefits for both the child and the parents.

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