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FATHERS RIGHTS

Many people view the Texas court system as skewed to favor women when it comes to family law matters. Contrary to popular belief, Tex. Fam. Code Sec. 153.003 states with regard to conservatorship, possession and access, "[t]he court shall consider the qualifications of the parties without regard to their marital status or to the sex of the party or the child in determining: (1) which party to appoint as sole managing conservator; (2) whether to appoint a party as joint managing conservator; and (3) the terms and conditions of conservatorship and possession of and access to the child." Furthermore, with regard to child support, Tex. Fam. Code Sec. 154.010 states, "[t]he amount of support ordered for the benefit of a child shall be determined without regard to: (1) the sex of the obligor, oblige, or child; or (2) the marital status of the parents of the child."

If you are concerned about your rights as a father, there are various resources available online, including http://www.fathers4kids.com/html/Home.htm and http://www.childwelfare.gov/systemwide/laws_policies/statutes/putative.cfm. At Underwood Perkins, P.C., our family attorneys strive to represent all parties to the best of our ability, regardless of gender. If you would like to explore your options as a father, contact our office today for an initial consultation.

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