When Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubry initially split up, It was reported that the break up was fairly amicable. They purportedly worked out a custody and visitation agreement concerning their daughter. Now, it appears that Aubry has filed a Petition for Paternity with the Los Angeles Superior Court. Filing said documents officially declares that Aubry is the child’s father. Additionally, Aubry is also requesting child custody and visitation rights.
When couples are not married, the appropriate route to take in establishing paternity and child custody rights is by filing a Petition to Establish Parental Relationship. Parties may request relief relating to child custody, child visitation, child support and attorney fees and costs. Obviously, unlike a divorce, paternity issues do not involve spousal support or property division issues.
From an Orange County child custody lawyer’s perspective, if you are unmarried and have children with your ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend, in order to ensure your parental rights are protected, it is definitely a good idea to file a paternity action and request custody relief. You are also able to ask for child support.
For more information, contact an Orange County child custody lawyer for more information.