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Father wins visitation rights after lengthy court battle

Many children are born outside of marriage each year. Often times, this raises questions of who has the right of custody over the child. Some fathers are not granted visitation because of sometimes unfair favoritism of the mother in the court system. It is important that fathers fight for their rights to see their children and be a part of their lives.

A father in another state has been battling to get visitation of his daughter for years, and is finally seeing a resolution to his case. Last week, a judge awarded him visitation rights for his daughter, allowing him to see her for only the second time in her life.

According to reports the child's mother took the little girl to another state and had her brother adopt the child, even though the father had asserted his right to be the father of the little girl. While this case didn't happen in Missouri, it may have implications across the country and inspire other fathers to fight for their visitation rights, no matter what it takes.

Being a part of a child's life is rewarding and important for both children and their fathers. When a father wants to be a part of their child's life, it might be wise to seek the help of a family law attorney with experience in visitation and fathers' rights matters. They can help aggressively fight for your rights while understanding the sensitivities of each individual situation. While not every visitation situation is resolved overnight, it is important to be persistent.

Source: FOX 31, "Unmarried father wins visitation rights in custody battle," Jon Bowman, April 27, 2012

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