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Jason Patric secures huge victory in fathers' rights case

The actor Jason Patric has been locked in a battle with the mother of his child, but he has recently secured a victory for himself and fathers' rights advocates everywhere. The two-year legal battle over fathers' rights came to an end when a judge ruled that Jason is the legal father of the 4-year-old child he has with the child's mother. Missouri readers will note that, after this ruling, Mr. Patric now has custody and visitation rights.

The mother of his child protested his claims that he was the legal father of their young son. The couple had been together and broken up several times, finally resulting in legal gridlock and a lengthy court battle. At this point, however, the couple has the right to work together on details of a parenting arrangement, including custody, visitation and other issues. If they are unable to come to a suitable agreement, the judge will make these decisions on their behalf. 

This case is of particular interest because it centers around the parental rights of a man who donates sperm to a woman to whom he is not married. The law regarding this issue has previously stated that, in these cases, the donor has no legal rights as the father. Despite the mother's defense based on this law, a judge ruled in Mr. Patric's favor on appeal.

Fathers' rights advocates have anxiously followed this case as it has played out in court. Missouri fathers fighting for their rights also have similar options, including taking full advantage of every available legal avenue. When it comes to fighting for custody, visitation or navigating support disputes, fathers have the right to seek legal assistance from a representative with experience in complex family law issues.

Source: tmz.com, "Jason Patric Huge Victory Declared Legal Parent", Nov. 3, 2014

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