Every lawyer currently practicing family law has those one or two, or a few dozen, cases in which the parties are at each other’s throats. I’m going...
The Impact of High Conflict Cases in Family Court: Are you tattling or telling?
March 27, 2019
Easily, the question I get asked most often in Family Law, is what are an unwed person’s rights regarding his or her children. I wish they taught Pat...
Paternity Laws-Rights of Unwed Parents
January 29, 2018
Inevitably, unless a case is quick and uncontested, there will be discovery requests. The purpose of discovery requests is to allow the parties to ga...
An Introduction to Discovery Requests: What do I have to provide?
October 2, 2019
Signing Over Rights: Part One
February 26, 2018
There’s a lot of misunderstanding out there about whether or not a parent can lose or voluntarily sign over rights to his or her child. Parental rights can only be severed when there is someone available to take the parent’s place. The rule of law in family and juvenile law matters is “best interests of the child”, understandably, the state’s position is that it is better for a child to have a parent and or caretaker, then to be floating around, "bastardized". (Yes, that is the actual legal term). Therefore, the state can terminate parental rights when it takes custody of a child in a juvenile matter; likewise, a parent can voluntarily sign over rights to the state. In both situations, the state assumes the custodial role of the child; literally, the state becomes the child’s parent until another can be found and appointed. However, outside of juvenile matters, parents can only voluntarily sign over their rights during an adoption. That’s it, juvenile matters in which the state takes custody, or when the child is adopted; in all other matters a parent cannot lose or relinquish his or her rights to his or her child.