5 Fathers Day Tips from Your Family Attorneys

happy fathers dayWith June here, we’re all thinking about Dad. But being a father can be complicated business – and many dads don’t have the information they need. Here are a few of our top tips for dads this Father’s Day. Need more details? Well, just give our offices a call.

Get to Know Paternity Leave Rights

It might seem a given that moms are entitled to maternity leave, but dads aren’t left out to dry when it comes to spending some quality time with a new baby. The Family and Medical Leave Act allows fathers up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave during a 12 month period to pay for a newborn child, adopted child or foster child.

Don’t be “Too Cool” for School

While you might be looking to be a cool dad, allowing kids to miss too many days of school can actually result in legal action taken against you. Keep the kiddos in school and “be cool” in other ways.

Never Leave Kids in the Car

Running a quick errand? It might be tempting to leave those kids in the car, but unless you want to end up in jail (or with a child who is injured or worse), don’t even think about it. Summer is especially hot, but temperatures in a closed car can be downright suffocating.

Now is a Good Time to Update Your Will

If you haven’t considered what will happen to your kids if something happens to you or your spouse, now is the best time to do it. Additionally, unless you have a will in place, any property or assets will go to probate, and may not be distributed as you’d wish. Now is a great time to get your estate planning in order.

Know Tax Law

If you’re divorced or are a co-parent, there are certain laws regarding how you can claim your dependents. If you’re not familiar with these laws, it could be a good idea to talk to an accountant or family law attorney to help you understand your tax liabilities.

Need more fatherly tips? We’re here to help. Give us a call today.