If he welcomed the child into his home as if he was his own child.
– Equitable Parent: meaning he is not the biological or pertains the legal/marital status of the child, yet he claims to have the child to be that of his own. It could also occur if the biological father himself accepts this father-son relationship.
– Alleged Father: a man who impregnates the mother, and never agreed on marriage. This can be determined mostly through court if they find any evidence or if he claims and acknowledges that the child is indeed his. Alleged fathers are also responsible for paying child support in their cases and may request visitation rights or even custody depending on the severity and lack of maternity from the mother.
– Stepfather: meaning the spouse of the mother, but not the biological father. These types of fatherhood are not accountable for paying child support in their divorce case unless they fully agree and commit to adopting the child through legal measures.
Legal Actions For The Father
The father can ask to file what is known as a paternity action to the court during his case. What this does is make a declaration, by the father (or mother) who signs this agreement, to become the father to the child by the court systems. If it is agreed upon by the two parties, then the father is allowed to pay for child support, ask for custody over the child, or even request for visitation rights.
If such means of claiming who should be responsible for the child at hand, both parents can argue over who should be the one in charge of their child. However, despite knowing such claims and arguments, the legal foundations of parenthood are still rather tricky and complex, to say the least. It is highly recommended that for these types of cases that a legal advisor or attorney would help in handling them.
Farbod Majd Esq.
Divorce Attorney w/ offices in Beverly Hills/Los Angeles
Services in English, Turkish, and Farsi/Persian (Iranian/American Lawyer)
8383 Wilshire Blvd Suite 646, Beverly Hills, CA 90211
310.956.4600 | Fax: 310.878.8989 | [email protected]