What Rights Do Florida Fathers Have?

Sometimes paternity must be established in order to enforce child support as well as custody rights. Paternity actions establish the legal father. This is not always necessarily the biological father. Instead, it is meant to legally establish the parent-child relationship. Along with this come both rights and responsibilities. They include rights to have time with your child and help make decisions in raising your child. This coincides with responsibilities, such as compliance with a custody agreement as well as paying child support.

Helping Parents Establish Paternity Or Disestablish Paternity

I assist both parties who are seeking to establish paternity or contesting paternity. For example, I can represent mothers seeking to establish paternity through the court to ensure that she receives the child support her child is entitled to. On the other end of the spectrum, I can represent fathers who have received child support papers through the Department of Revenue and are seeking to disestablish paternity.

Do Fathers Have Automatic Rights?

Paternity can be established through a DNA test, particularly for unmarried parents. A party must petition the court for a DNA test to be conducted. Otherwise in the case of married couples, the law assumes paternity unless proven otherwise. However, just because a father is the biological father that does not necessarily establish parental rights.

In fact, unless a court declares a man to be the father of a child, that man essentially has no parental rights. It is crucial for a father to work with an attorney so that his rights as a parent can be properly documented and recognized.

Paternity is especially important for a child for a number of reasons. Not only is it financially important due to child support and inheritance rights, but also for developmental reasons. It is important to establish who has custody and parenting time rights with the child in order to form a meaningful relationship.

Contact A Skilled Fathers' Rights Lawyer

If you need legal advice regarding paternity and child support, talk to an attorney about your situation. Contact The Law Office of Gustavo E. Frances, P.A., toll free at 866-435-4172.