Is Legitimation Always in a Child's Best Interest?
Legitimation establishes a legal parental relationship between a father and his children. This has the effect of allowing the father to have access to visitation with the children, access to their educational and medical records, and often legal input into major parenting decisions regarding non-emergency medical healthcare, religion, education, and extra curricular activities. Should something happen to the father, legitimation also allows the children to legally inherit from the father's estate, even if that father does not have a will.
In many cases, the prevailing view of the Court has been that it is the best interest of a child to have two legal parents that can provide love, affection, and financial contribution for the child. However, if the father has abandoned this opportunity or presents potential harm to the child, a Court may deny legitimation.
Do I need to hire an attorney?
Legitimation can be very confusing, especially since this type of action requires knowledge of the law and what factors a Court will use to decide whether or not to grant a legitimation. You may find yourself facing many challenges when trying to prove whether legitimation is in your child's best interest and our experienced attorneys can guide you through this process. At The Hull Firm LLC, we offer compassion, understanding, and strong legal support to help you move forward. Make sure your child's best interests are protected — contact us today.