Each State Laws Regarding a Fathers Rights

Both federal and state laws protect fathers rights in cases of divorce or separation.

On the federal level, laws are in place to secure the rights of fathers in international custody dispute cases. When a mother leaves the country with a child, U.S. law seeks to enforce the father’s rights including child visitation or custody. Federal laws are also in place regarding changes in legal names, social security changes, wage garnishments, and other legal issues.

State laws are also in place in all 50 states that govern issues related to paternity, separation, divorce, child support and custody. While the laws are unique in each state, there is a strong consistency in their protection of fathers rights. In most states, laws are enforced in family court and through local law enforcement when necessary.

The goal of laws at the state level and also federal level is first and foremost to safeguard the well-being of children. An important part of that well-being is to protect the father’s rights to have a relationship with his children and to be an important part of all major decisions related to their well-being.