Rights and Responsibilities of Unmarried Fathers
June 8, 2016
763 Stillwater Rd
Mahtomedi, MN 55016
Father’s Rights for Unmarried Fathers
The Washington County Law Library invites the public to attend a presentation entitled, “Father’s Rights for Unmarried Fathers” on June 8, 2016 at the Wildwood Library, located at 763 Stillwater Rd, Mahtomedi, MN 55115. This session, aimed at educating single fathers, will be from 5:30 – 6:30 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. Until a temporary or permanent order is entered granting custody to another, the mother has sole custody.
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 and were never married to your child’s mother, please come to this class to learn all about your rights and responsibilities, and how to enforce them. Local attorney Steven Coodin will answer the following questions and more:
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.
Updated May 24, 2016