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What is paternity fraud?

Most Indiana parents might agree that a father's bond with his children is often the most joyous aspect of life. Through all of the ups and downs of childrearing, the memories made together over the years are priceless. When a father discovers that his child is not biologically his own, an entire world can seem to come crashing down. What, exactly, is paternity fraud, and how do fathers generally handle and address such devastating news?

Fathers' rights and shifting family dynamics

Any kind of family problem can take a toll on Indiana residents, but divorce tends to unleash its own set of challenges. Those who find it difficult to determine child custody plans can easily feel discouraged or overwhelmed. A current concern in regard to these plans involves fathers' rights, as a movement has reached the spotlight in recent years. Does this movement take a progressive step forward when it comes to giving a more balanced child custody plan for parents? Many disagree on the subject, but in the meantime, countless fathers nevertheless struggle to find time with their own children.

Tips for divorcing dads

It has long been a known reality in Indiana and around the country that many couples gut through marital difficulties to hold their families together for the holidays and then announce their plans to divorce in early January. Men who are in such a position this year may understandably be finding it hard to put on the good face at family events as they likely have concerns about what will happen when the divorce eventually gets underway. Among the top issues to be concerned about is what will happen to their relationships with their kids.

How can you establish paternity?

For fathers in Indiana, it's important to establish paternity. You won't have any legal say in the child's life without this, and divorcing parents will find it difficult to determine how to divide child custody time. There are four different methods that you can use to determine paternity with, including ways to establish paternity after a child has been born.

The rise of single father households

Single motherhood is a topic with which many Americans are all too familiar -- while often not the simplest of situations, countless mothers are successful in raising one or more children entirely on their own. Single fathers, on the other hand, have been a largely ignored aspect of divorce and separation in Indiana in the past. Shifts in attitudes towards single-father homes could increasingly change the way society looks at single fathers and the stress they face when raising children alone.

Parental rights in complex situations

Determining parental rights in any case can be complex, but what if those involved are guilty of sexual assault?  A topic under scrutiny in today's world is that of parental rights of rapists -- seven states in the country have no laws keeping rapists from seeing their children. Yet what is the outlook on this controversial law, and will Indiana see major changes in the future?  

The details of fathers' rights

In addition to the stress that divorce procedures often induce, deciding parental rights can be an incredibly challenging ordeal. There are many cases in which fathers do not gain adequate or fair rights to their children. Similar to other states in America, Indiana prioritizes the best interests of children involved in divorce, and fathers may choose to move forward through legal processes in order to gain partial or full custody of their children. 

Father's rights in Indiana

Whether stemming from divorces or unwed situations, child custody can be complex and difficult to determine. Indiana's child custody laws rely on a number of factors, and the court may give parents physical custody or legal custody.

Contesting presumed paternity

In Indiana, simply being married can establish the legal paternity of a child. According to the Illinois General Assembly, a man is assumed to be the father of any child born during his marriage or within 300 days of the end of his marriage. Even if the marriage is later deemed invalid, the paternity still stands. In some situations, parents may know the mother’s husband or ex-husband is not the father of the child. They may then wish to have the assumption of paternity voided. This presumed paternity can be challenged or made invalid in a couple ways.

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