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
- Time Sharing & Child Custody
Where the children will reside and who will have decision-making authority concerning all types of important issues
- Department of Revenue concerns
During a Title IV-D administrative proceeding brought by the Department of Revenue concerning child support
- Alimony Spousal Support
Rehabilitative or permanent alimony petitions
- Child Support
Using the guidelines to factor monthly payments
If you are facing divorce, you need an attorney who can help you make smart decisions about your future.
- Paternity actions
Sometimes paternity must be established in order to enforce child support as well as custody rights
- Property Division
Determining separate and joint assets, using equitable division to arrive at a fair agreement
- Department of Revenue Child Support matters
There are certain times when the state of Florida will intervene in child support matters
- Child support modifications
Court-ordered child support can be modified when there are substantial, material and unanticipated changes in circumstances.
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