Protective steps unmarried parents should consider in a breakup
If you’re reading this, you understand that unwed parents can have the same relationship issues as married parents. Sometimes, these problems can cause a rift deep enough to permanently divide couples, regardless of whether they are married.
You might assume the breakup of unmarried couples is easier than a marital split. It may seem that way, but you must take special care to protect your rights and those of your children.
2 steps for dads
Dads, if you haven’t already, immediately establish that you are the father. In California, both parents can sign a document acknowledging paternity. If this isn’t possible, you can take a genetic or DNA test proving you fathered the children.
You should also remain engaged with your kids and participate in their lives. Taking this step demonstrates your love and sense of responsibility to the family court and benefits you all during a challenging life event.
2 steps for moms
Mothers, urge your co-parent to establish their paternity in the eyes of the law. By taking this step, you may have a smoother experience in securing the financial support your kids will continue to need after your breakup.
Moms should also consider encouraging their children’s father to spend plenty of time with the kids. They need both parents now more than ever, and it will show the court that you value the relationship between your children and their dad.
1 unified step for parents
Once you realize your relationship problems are irreparable, start working on a parenting time plan to preserve your child access rights. The earlier you address parenting time, the better your odds of avoiding conflicts that cause stress for parents and kids alike.
Although you need not undergo official divorce proceedings as an unmarried couple, legal guidance is still wise. It can protect the rights of everyone impacted by your breakup.