As a Florida father, you know how important it is to maintain to a strong relationship with your children. However, there are times when it can be difficult to do so, especially if you are not married to the mother of your children or there is a dispute about paternity.
You would be wise to know your rights as a father. The first step in protecting yourself can be to make the effort to know your entitlements then fight for your rightful role in the life of your kids. It may take time and legal guidance, but you can pursue your rightful role as a present, active and loving father.
Know your rights, protect your rights
Fathers have rights, even if they are at odds with the mother over what those rights include. Here are some of the rights fathers generally have related to the pursuit of access and parenting time:
- Fathers have the right to seek to establish paternity. This is necessary for fathers who were not married to the mothers of their children at the time of their birth. In disputed paternity cases, it may be necessary to seek DNA confirmation of paternity.
- After establishing paternity, fathers have the right to seek a custody or visitation agreement. Sometimes, this is possible to do through negotiations. If not, you may take the legal steps to fight for your rightful parenting time.
- Fathers have the right to fully explore whatever legal options are available to them to have an active role in the life of their kids.
In the past, family law courts favored the mother. This is no longer the case, as courts are recognizing that children do better when allowed to have regular access to both parents. If you are a father who is facing difficulty regarding custody, paternity or regular visitation, you would be wise to learn more about your rights.
Fighting for fatherhood
Custody and visitation matters are complex. It can take an in-depth knowledge of the law and experience in complex family law issues to navigate issues pertaining to fathers’ rights, paternity and custody.
You may feel overwhelmed by your current situation regarding the establishment and protection of your role as a father, but you have options. You can start by seeking a complete evaluation of your case, which can help you understand the various legal options that could be available to you.