Father's Rights for Unmarried Fathers
November 19, 2014
1010 Heron Ave. N.,
Oakdale, MN 55128
The Washington County Law Library invites the public to attend a presentation entitled, “Father’s Rights for Unmarried Fathers” on November 19, 2014 at the Oakdale Library, located at 1010 Heron Ave. N, Oakdale, MN 55128. The session will be from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Registration is required.
Every child has a biological father, but not every child has a "legal" father. Under Minnesota law, if a child's mom and dad are not married to each other when the child is born, the dad is not recognized as the "legal" father until someone takes legal steps to establish his paternity. He has no legal rights to the child even if he is financially supporting the child and his name is on the child's birth certificate. The birth certificate alone is not enough to establish who is the "legal" father.
Once a court order names a man as the legal parent of a child (adjudicates the man as the father), he has certain rights, duties, and obligations that go along with being the legal parent of that child.
If you are an unmarried father, learn all about your rights and responsibilities, and how to enforce them. Local attorney Steven Coodin will answer the following questions and more:
• How do you become the legal father of your child?
• What is the “Recognition of Parentage Form”?
• What is the difference between legal and physical custody?
• How much child support do I have to pay?
• How much parenting time am I allowed?
• What can I do to enforce my parenting time?
• Do I need a court order to make changes to the parenting time schedule?
• My ex is getting married. Does her new marriage affect my rights as a father?
Steven Coodin is a partner with the law firm, Coodin & Overson, located in Lake Elmo, Minnesota. He attended law school at Thomas Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan and graduated in the fall of 2001. He has been practicing law since he was admitted to the Minnesota State Bar in 2002 and primarily works in the area of criminal defense and family law. Steven prides himself in his work ethic and dedication to his client's cases. Steven formed his own solo attorney law firm in 2003 and as his caseload substantially increased he formed a partnership with Attorney Paul Overson in 2005. Steven also dedicates his time to speak to defendants in Washington County Court, in Stillwater, as a member of the Washington County Defense Panel, and is also a volunteer attorney at the Washington County Law Library, where he enjoys meeting with people who have legal questions.
This presentation is sponsored by the Washington County Law Library. To register and reserve your space, please call the Washington County Law Library at 651-430-6330.