Fathers’ Rights And Responsibilities In California
The following article will cover:
- Child support and paternity establishment in California,
- Retroactive child support and modification of child support, and
- Paternity establishment and its impact on child custody and visitation rights in California.
Once The Paternity Is Established, Is A Biological Father Required To Pay Child Support And Any Back Child Support Or Child Support Arrears In California?
Once paternity is established, the biological father may be required to pay child support based on various factors, such as each parent’s income and the time spent with the child. However, the court cannot order retroactive child support before the date a request for child support or a child support case was established.
The obligation to pay child support begins from the date the case is opened or the request is made, and the court cannot order back child support for years when the father was not aware of his parental status.
Modifying child support can only be done from the date a request for modification is made. It is crucial to request a modification immediately if there is a change in circumstances, such as job loss or increased income for the other parent.
Does Establishing Paternity In California Mean I Automatically Have Child Custody And Visitation Rights To My Child?
Establishing paternity in California grants the biological father the right to ask for parenting time with the child. However, it does not automatically guarantee any specific amount of time or custody. The court will consider the best interests of the child, the child’s age, and the existing informal parenting arrangement, if any, when determining custody and visitation rights.
The court may gradually increase the father’s time with the child to ensure a smooth transition, especially if the father was previously unknown to the child. While establishing paternity grants the father the right to request custody and visitation, the court will ultimately determine the appropriate arrangements based on the child’s best interests.