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Ohio Father's Rights Lawyers

Christopher J Tamms avatar
I am a OSBA Board Certified Family Law Specialist located in Westerville, Ohio. I strive to provide high quality yet affordable legal representation in all are...
James Giles Esq avatar
Attorney James A. Giles has been serving the legal needs of the people of Knox County, Ohio since 1981. Mr. Giles is dedicated to providing the highest quality ...
Gloria Lynn Smith avatar
I grew up as a military brat, living in many different places across the United States. I finally settled in Ohio. I have always had a passion for helping peopl...
Carl McCoy Esq avatar
I am Carl McCoy, Attorney at Law. I have provided personalized, competent and affordable legal services to residents of central Ohio for more than 30 years. I a...
Shannon G. Thatcher avatar
Attorney Shannon G. Thatcher is licensed to practice law in the State of Ohio and the Northern District Court of Ohio. Her practice focuses on family and domes...
Charles Douglas Lynch Esq avatar
Charles Lynch is a compassionate Ohio family law attorney with 40 years of experience helping people through these complex and frequently emotional times in the...
Jon David Axelrod Esq avatar
Jon D. Axelrod is the founder of Axelrod Law Offices in Willowick, and he has shaped the firm to reflect his deepest values. Mr. Axelrod believes that attorneys...

Unfortunately, fathers believe that the law favors mothers in custody and child maintenance matters. Yet the law recognizes the importance of a child having a meaningful relationship with both parents. Work with a Ohio father rights attorney to represent your interest in domestic relations matters.

What is a Fathers Rights Lawyer?

A father's rights lawyer is an attorney specializing in a wide range of legal services designed to help fathers navigate the family law system. Fathers' rights are parental legal rights regarding child support, custody, and visitation.

Within the context of an employed man, it may also regard the right to paternity leave and time off work to raise a child. After divorce, the father has the right to be consulted on school selection, medical treatment, name change, or any other decision about the child's upbringing.

What Does a Fathers Rights Attorney Do?

A father's rights attorney is a legal professional who helps you safeguard your parental rights and achieve specific objectives you may have according to a child's best interest.

When to Hire a Fathers Rights Lawyer in Ohio?

You need to hire a father’s rights lawyer if you are a man who seeks to:

  • Negotiate or renegotiate the terms of a parenting agreement
  • Pay or get child support and visitation rights
  • Establish, challenge or terminate paternity
  • Challenge court orders obtained against you
  • Be involved in a child's healthcare decisions
  • Open adoption or custody cases
  • Leave an inheritance for your children

How Do I Choose a Fathers Rights Attorney in Ohio?

To choose the best father rights lawyer in Ohio, seek recommendations. Ask family and friends if they have any lawyer of choice who handles either family law matters or father's rights.

Once you have a few options, contact them for an initial consultation. Family law and fathers' rights are complex fields of practice that require specialization. Every day, new cases are filed in a court, setting a precedent that changes the way judges in the future will respond to an issue with similar facts. It is crucial to work with an attorney specializing in fathers' rights to ensure they are constantly aware of the ever-evolving realities of family law. Further, ensure that the advocate has experience handling cases similar to yours.

How Much Does the Average Father's Rights Lawyer Cost Ohio?

As of 2022, a lawyer for father rights in Ohio costs between $4000 to $30,000, which will depend on factors such as:

  1. Experience - The attorney’s level of experience and the amount of time spent on the case will determine the professional fees your lawyer will ask. Your attorney is likely to charge an hourly rate of around $200 to $1000. In such an arrangement, the attorney will require a retainer from which the applicable rate will be deducted.
  2. Contested or uncontested - When a matter is contested, the parties do not agree to the terms of divorce or custody, and they have to go before a judge to make a final decision. Contested cases are more elaborate and expensive. If critical issues are agreed upon, the attorney may only require an initial deposit of about $1,500.
  3. The complexity of a case - Some cases may require an expert witness to explain complex and specialized aspects. For the child's best interest, the court may require that the parents undertake a child custody assessment that may entail interviews and tests at their expense.
  4. Administrative and miscellaneous fees - Other expenses such as filing fees, process servers, or mediation may increase the cost incurred.

Do Fathers Rights Attorneys Usually Charge for Consultations?

A Ohio father rights lawyer may not charge for an initial consultation. The initial consultation is time for the attorney to listen to the facts of the case and front a legal strategy. Your attorney may also determine that they are not suitable to handle your matter and refer you to another lawyer. The attorney may choose to give you this information for free or charge even a referral fee for recommending that you seek the counsel of another lawyer. Always make sure you ask if the initial consultation is free or not before proceeding to engage the attorney.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do Fathers Have the Same Rights as Mothers?

There is no gender preference when it comes to custody rights. Both the mother and father are regarded as equal before the law, and the child's best interest guides the court. The court will likely grant primary custody to the breastfeeding parent for infants. If the child is on formula and the father is responsible for overnight feeding, the court will give primary control to the father.

Can Men be Victims of Abuse?

In the United States, one in seven men age 18+ is an abuse victim. Men may experience stalking, intimate sexual, physical, and domestic violence. Men are vulnerable to other forms of abuse, such as emotional abuse, gaslighting, and manipulation. Some men are also forced to cut off communication with friends and family. Your father’s right attorney can help you secure an order of protection against an abusive partner.

Do I Have to Pay Child Support to See My Child?

No. Even when late on child support payments, you are still entitled to your visitation rights. Child visitation and support are separate issues. However, constantly failing to pay for child support can lead to serious legal consequences. If you are having financial challenges, contact your father's rights attorney to modify your support order to fit your current financial capacity.