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Unmarried Parent Custody Rights

Unmarried parents have the same custody rights in New Jersey as married parents. This means that matters involving child support, custody and parenting time will be determined in the same way that they are for married and divorcing parents. However, there are certain challenges that may arise for parents who are seeking these rights. At the law firm of Carolann M. Aschoff, P.C., our lawyers represent unmarried fathers and mothers throughout New Jersey.

Fathers Need To Establish Paternity

An unmarried father has no parental rights to a child unless his paternity has been established. This can be done by both parents agreeing on the identity of the father, and the father voluntarily accepting his rights and responsibilities. If there is a question as to who the father is or if one parent is disputing a claim, a court-ordered DNA test may be necessary to establish proper paternity.

If paternity has been established, then unmarried mothers and fathers have the same child custody rights to their children as those that are granted to divorcing parents. This means that parents may seek sole custody of a child or joint custody between the two parents. Parental relocation issues may also arise if one parent is planning to move out of New Jersey. Our legal team at the law firm of Carolann M. Aschoff, P.C., can help you with any issues related to your parental rights.

Contact Our Attorneys About Your Rights

We are prepared to help you with any concerns you may have regarding unmarried parent custody rights. For a custody plan that protects your parental rights and the needs of your children, contact our attorneys online. You can also call our Jersey City office at 201-793-7739, our West Caldwell office at 973-200-4892 or our Bayonne office at 201-793-7739.