Winter Park Fathers’ Rights Attorney
Florida Family Attorney Serving Clients with Paternity Cases
Florida law imposes both rights and responsibilities upon both parents when it comes to issues regarding child custody, visitation, and support. These matters often arise in a divorce case, but fathers have rights regardless of whether they were married at the time of the child’s birth.
At The Troum Law Firm, P.A., we have been serving fathers in Orange and Seminole Counties for more than 30 years. Our lawyers recognize that your parental rights are important to you, as are your obligations related to support. Please contact our firm to set up a consultation with a Winter Park father’s rights attorney today. You may also find it useful to review some important information about these cases.
Florida Law on Father’s Rights
The key to exercising your rights as a father centers on paternity, which is established in one of three ways under Florida’s statute on Determination of Parentage:
- If you were married to the child’s mother at the time of birth, there’s a legal presumption that you’re the father;
- Unmarried parents can execute a Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity, where you both agree that you’re the biological father; or,
- Either parent can file a paternity lawsuit in court, where DNA testing can be used to determine parentage of the father.
The Nature and Extent of Your Rights as a Father
Once paternity is proven under one of the three methods described above, it triggers a full range of father’s rights regarding the child. Courts recognize that a child’s best interests are served by maintaining relationships with both parents, so you may be awarded shared parenting by the judge. This means that you and the child’s mother will both participate in decision making regarding:
- Health care;
- Extracurricular activities;
- Practice of religion;
- Travel and entertainment; and,
- Many other decisions, both major and minor.
Your father’s rights may also include visitation to spend time with your child and enhance the parent-child relationship. A court will award visitation if you aren’t the primary custodial parent, which you can exercise in person, via telephone, or online. A judge will consider a wide array of factors to determine the specifics of custody and visitation.
Paternity and Child Support: By establishing parentage, you also trigger the obligation to pay child support. The amount and other details will be included in a child support order, which you must obey. There are serious consequences for noncompliance, though it is possible to modify child support based upon a change in circumstances. For instance, you may request a lower monthly payment if you lose your job or become disabled. Note that the child’s mother can also request a modification of the child support amount.
Get Legal Help from a Winter Park Father’s Rights Attorney
If you have questions about your rights as a father or want to know more about paternity, please contact The Troum Law Firm, P.A. You can reach our office to schedule a consultation by calling
321-428-2247 or visiting our website. We’re happy to explain the nature of your father’s rights after learning more about your situation.