While throughout the nation fathers are securing more rights when it comes to the custody and visitation of their children, there are still some inequities. Accordingly, advocates for fathers have likely paid close attention to the child custody case involving actor Jason Patric.
The issue was admittedly complex. Patric fathered his now 4-year-old son with an ex-girlfriend via artificial insemination. Several years later the couple ended their relationship, which had spanned 10 years and constituted of dating off and on. At that time Patric’s ex prevented the actor from seeing his son. The major issue in this case hinged on whether Patric had parental rights to the child as the sperm donor.
Initially, the court determined that he did not. That decision was reversed this past spring however by an appellate court which ruled for the actor and earlier this month Patric was declared legalfather to his son. This declaration means that Patric can now pursue custody and visitation of the young boy.
Though this case played out in another state, it is likely that factors similar to those in the state of Massachusetts will be taken into consideration in the course of establishing custody and visitation of the child. Residents of Massachusetts may work together to create a parenting plan that works for both parents. When, however, that is not possible, parents can expect that the court will make a decision with the best interest of the child in mind.
In either situation having a lawyer on your side who understand the ins and outs of child custody and visitation matters is a good idea.
Source: People, “Jason Patric Declared Legal Parent of His Son: Report,” Michele Corriston, Nov. 3, 2014