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4 Common Paternity Myths 01-14-2016

4 Common Paternity Myths

When people think of babies, they usually think of mothers before fathers. Women are supposedly said to have the maternal instincts and are the ones associated with children. There is a misconception in our society that women are better suited for raising kids. Unfortunately, this translates to myths about paternity that can be harmful, especially in cases of divorce and child custody. At James D. Madden & Aruna P. Rodrigo, Family Law Attorneys, we believe that you should be well informed at all times, especially about matters of parenting.

1. Mothers Always Get Custody

Many people assume that because mothers have a natural paternal instinct, they are the ones who automatically get custody of children during a divorce. However, this is not true. California courts look at both parents’ ability to provide for their children. Based on financial factors and stability, each parent is awarded parenting time of their kids.

2. Parenting Time Will Automatically Be Split Equally

Another common misconception about paternity is that both mothers and fathers will get 50/50 responsibility and time with their children. Although in most cases, equal time-sharing between parents is what is best, the courts will look to the best interests of the child. If one parent is abusive or cannot provide for their children, than they will not get custody. It all depends on the specific circumstances.

3. Fathers Can’t Have Paternity Tests Until After the Baby is Born

There are times when a person needs to know whether or not the baby is theirs, especially during a divorce proceeding. Maybe an individual is divorcing before the baby is born. Most assume that a father cannot have a paternity test performed until after the baby is born. This is untrue, however. Thanks to prenatal paternity tests, parents can find out vital information before the birth.

4. Children 13+ Decide With Which Parent to Live

Although the court definitely listens to the children’s preference and looks at the facts, the kids do not have the final say in child custody. The judge and the court decide what is best in a divorce proceeding.

At James D. Madden & Aruna P. Rodrigo, Family Law Attorneys, we understand how difficult the divorce process can be, especially when children are involved. If you and your spouse have decided to go your separate ways, contact our San Bernardino divorce attorneys to discuss all child custody matters. We help make sure your rights are protected! Call today at (909) 344-5704 to schedule a free consultation!

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