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What are my rights to custody as a North Carolina father?

As a father, you have the same basic rights as a mother does in a child custody case. Child custody courts can never discriminate against parents based on their gender. However, when deciding on a custody arrangement, child custody courts take into account many different factors when they make their decision.

If you are a father and you are worried about your ability to gain custody of your child in North Carolina, it is important that you first understand fully how the law would apply to you.

You must establish paternity

If you are not already legally the father of the child, you must first take action to establish paternity. In many cases, the mother of the child will voluntarily acknowledge that you are the father. In this case, the process will be quite simple. However, if the mother will not do this, you may need to take a DNA test to formally establish paternity.

You must show that you’ll have a positive impact on your child’s life

When going through a child custody battle, you’ll likely be successful in gaining some amount of custody if you can show that you have a positive impact on the child’s life. For example, if you show that you and your child have a strong bond and that you are willing to dedicate time for them, the child custody courts will probably conclude that your presence in your child’s life is in the child’s best interests.

If you want to gain custody of your child as a North Carolina father, make sure that you take action so that you can begin the process.