According to a study by the National Center for Health Statistics the number of firstborn children belonging to unmarried, cohabiting women has increased from 12% to 22% between 2002 and 2010. The percentage of cohabiting fathers of firstborns rose from 18 to 25% during that time frame. Having children out of wedlock is becoming the norm. It is no longer the taboo it once was, which is a good thing, since a child should not be scorned for something over which he/she had no control. On the other hand, having a child out of wedlock (even if the parents are living together) still presents challenges from a Family Law perspective – especially as it pertains to custody, parenting time, child support, and legal decision-making.
Gary Frank has handled Paternity, Maternity, Custody, Parenting Time, and Child Support matters in Arizona for over 30 years. If you would like to learn more about your parental rights or are in need of a consultation regarding paternity/maternity, custody, support, or parenting time, please do not hesitate to give us a call. You can reach our office at 602-383-3610, or by email at [email protected]; or you can contact us through our web site at www.garyfranklaw.com. We’d be happy to speak with you.