Paternity is legal fatherhood; it gives rights and benefits to the mother, the father, and the child. When paternity is established the child will know the identity of his or her father, will have access to information on medical family history, will have financial and medical support from both parents, and may receive social security or veteran’s benefits. The parents will be able to get court orders for visitation or custody, get a child support order, and have a say in legal decisions about the child.
In Florida when a child is born to parents who are married the child has a legal father. If a child is born to parents who are not married, then the legal father must be established by the court system through paternity.
Paternity may be established by mothers or fathers. The importance of a child to a father cannot be understated. Establishing paternity allows a father to have a say in how their child is raised. A mother may wish to establish paternity to request child support from the father.
If you need to establish paternity, contact us today.
Time Sharing (Custody)
There are two separate types of child custody; there is legal custody relating to the responsibility to make decisions for the child and there is physical custody which dictates where the child shall live. Each type of custody could be given to a single parent completely or could be shared between the parents.
It is generally best if the parties can come to a mutual agreement. This limits emotional trauma for the child and the parents that may result from a long legal battle. In Florida, when the parents cannot reach a mutual decision regarding custody, the family law courts have created guidelines to aid in determining the best outcome for the child. However, the main basis of this decision in based upon what is in the best interest of the child.
We understand how important this decision is and how significantly it impacts the relationship you have with your child. We can consult with you and review your options to help guide you through this process.
Florida Law states that every child has the right to financial support from both parents until the age of 18. The amount of child support each parent pays is determined under Florida law using guidelines based on the income of each parent. We can help you with the process of establishing or modifying a child support order.
Deciding to end a marriage is a serious decision and can be a complicated process. Divorces range from simple uncontested dissolutions with no children involved to much more complicated situations involving many factors. Some of the factors to consider are residency of the spouses, mutual assets, liabilities, income, alimony, children, support, and timesharing. These factors should be discussed with an attorney to help you make the best decision for you and your loved ones. Once you have decided that your marriage can not be saved, we can help you navigate the process of getting a divorce.
Often family law disputes are resolved using mediation. Mediation involves a third party, usually a professional mediator, who assists both side with resolving the dispute. Mediation allows the lines of communication to be open and resolution to be found without the necessity and cost of a long drawn out court battle.
Please contact us if you need assistance resolving a family law dispute.
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