By:  LINDSEY O'NEILL, ESQ.

Happy Father's Day to all those fathers, fathers-in-law, step-fathers, father figures... and all around great family men out there!  Every daughter knows what a true gift it is to have a great relationship with her father!  And John Mayer sings it - Father's be good to your daughters....   So here is a BIG THANK YOU to all the fathers out there making the tough choices, sacrificing the things to be sacrificed, and truly enjoying the life of a great father!

Whether a man is married or not, fathers have an equal right to share in their child's lives.  There are many common misconceptions about fathers' rights including issues related to:  (i) establishing paternity when the parents are not married at the child's birth; (ii) names on a birth certificate; (iii) rights to shared physical and legal custody; (iv) visitation and shared parenting plans; (v) child support; and (vi) termination or relinquishment of parental rights.

Learn more about Father's Rights in LawInfo's Free Legal Resource Center.

See also: Paternity, Birth Certificate, Child Custody, Visitation, Child Support, Termination and Relinquishment of Parental Rights.

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