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In the State of Florida, a man become’s a legally recognized father in one of two ways; through marriage to the mother prior to the birth of the child or through a Paternity Order from the Court. Florida Law does not discriminate between the rights of legally recognized fathers and mothers and requires both parents to provide support for the child.
Once paternity is established Florida law empowers the court to establish a parenting plan based upon what is in the best interest of the children. The court considers economic situations, the ability to meet the emotional needs of the child, and the safety of the child, as well as a number of other factors. This Parenting Plan will include a timesharing schedule that states what nights the children are with the mother and what nights the children are with the father.
The Law Office of Andrew Storie is your advocate in child custody and paternity cases. We know how frustrating the custody process can be and how it can be emotionally draining. Our team has handled hundreds of custody cases, always with the intent of working towards what is best for the child, while ensuring parents visitation rights are respected and enforced. Although child custody disputes can be emotionally charged, it’s crucial to stay calm, reasonable, and focused on the needs of the child. Aggressive, belligerent, or antagonistic behavior in the custody process could cost you custody or even limit your visitation rights.
We urge you to be proactive regarding your legal rights by seeking the legal advice and representation of an experienced Orlando Paternity and Child Custody (lawyer) as soon as possible.
Need to Know Checklist
- Unmarried fathers have very few rights until a court makes them the legal father and grants them rights.
- Once a court grants a Father shared parental responsibility, they have equal rights over the upbringing of the children.
- An order requiring a Father to pay child support does not necessarily give him timesharing rights.
- An unmarried, biological father may not be able to stop an adoption unless he has registered with the Florida Putative Father registry.
- Back child support can be calculated up to two years before the Petition for Paternity was filed.