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Paternity issues can be complicated.  Simply having your name on the child's birth certificate or paying child support will not ensure you have paternal rights.  

You as a father have rights.  However, unless parental responsibility and a timesharing schedule is established, you may not fully be exercising your rights.  If the child was born our of wedlock, paternity is not presumed and needs to be established.  If the child was born during the marriage, the child is presumed to be a child of the marriage regardless of who the actual biological father really is.

Paying child support alone will not guarantee you the ability to spend time or raise your child.  If you are not able to visit your child or if visitation is strictly limited by the child's mother, it is recommended to have a parenting plan in place that is ordered by the court and expected to be followed by both  parents. A parenting plan can be agreed upon by the parties or directed by the court if the parties cannot agree. A parenting plan provides structure and a regular visitation schedule for for the parents and the children, including how the holidays and summers will be spent. A parenting plan will also ensure regular communication with the children and important information sharing with the other parent.  

If you have been denied the ability to see your child on a regular and consistent basis, it is a good idea to consult an attorney to discuss your situation.  


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Attorney Amanda Salcido has served her country as a member of the U.S. Army JAG Corp for more than 10 years. Her military experience spans nearly two decades. Ms. Salcido provides professional legal guidance for service members and non-service members alike.

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