Attorney Protecting Parents’ Rights And WelI-Being In Everett And Snohomish County
In recent years, the law in Washington and throughout the United States has changed a great deal to equalize the rights of mothers and fathers. Now both parents generally enjoy a more or less equal opportunity when it comes to exercising their parental rights.
As Everett parents’ rights attorneys with years of legal experience, we have represented clients in a number of parental rights scenarios. We don’t consider ourselves to be fathers’ or mothers’ rights lawyers per se. We consider ourselves to be parents’ rights lawyers — meaning we will fight for your rights as a mother or father if you are denied meaningful time with your child or if you have concerns about the other parent’s time with the child.
We focus our work on creating a safe, cooperative space where parents can work to come to an agreement on custody. We are committed to mothers’ rights and fathers’ rights, while also looking out for the well-being of children. Our preference is for amicable methods such as mediation or collaborative divorce for our clients throughout Everett and Snohomish County and Seattle and King County. For an appointment to discuss how you can exercise your parental rights in a non-adversarial way, call 425-740-2209 or contact us online.
Establishing Your Parental Rights
Since any rights you have as a parent are built upon the actual fact of your parenthood, establishing your parenthood is of the utmost importance in asserting your parental rights. For mothers, this is usually not a problem.
For fathers, however, this can be a much more complicated matter. When a child is born within the context of marriage, legal paternity is presumed unless it is challenged. For children born outside of marriage, however, this is a much more complicated matter. We help fathers through a number of different strategies, including:
Establishing paternity: Both parents can acknowledge paternity or one of the parties petitions the court for a paternity action.
De facto parenthood: If we can establish that you have been acting as the child’s parent for a length of time, we can possibly convince the court that you are the de facto father.
Whether you are a father or a mother, we can help you with paternity matters in an amicable way, so that you can assert your child support, as well as your child custody and other important parental rights, without damaging your co-parenting relationship.