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Father’s Rights Attorney in Florida

Helping Fathers Identify & Fight for their Rights in FLfather with child

Laws in Florida are meant to promote healthy, stable family relationships, and courts tend to believe that children of divorced or unmarried parents would benefit from being raised by both parents. In some circumstances, however, one parent does not agree and will fight for sole custody or against time-share privileges. By hiring an experienced Pembroke Pines divorce lawyer, parents can protect their rights and continue a healthy relationship with their children. At the Law Office of Jerome P. Ventura, we have over 25 years of experience helping parents fight for their best interests.

Call us at (954) 280-6119. We offer free consultations, and have helped many fathers secure their rights to see their children.

How Does a Father Get Custody or Visitation in Florida?

If you are an unmarried father and are seeking custody, you must first establish paternity. More often than not, both parents will co-sign a document stating that he is the father. If this is being disputed, than it's best to speak with us about your options. For any custody or visitation rights, a parenting agreement usually must be drafted. The specifics of these agreements may also be discussed with our lawyer.

Ways to Establish Paternity in Florida

When a child is first born to unwed parents, paternity can be established in the hospital. If paternity has not been established at the hospital, then it can be established voluntarily or with a court order. Unmarried parents can establish paternity of their child voluntarily at any point. Additionally, if the parents of the child decide to marry after the child is born, they can get a paternity test prior to getting their marriage license. If at any point during childhood, another man, not the husband, believes he is the father, he can file a paternity action in court.

How Long Does a Father Have to Establish Paternity in Florida?

In Florida, the time limit to determine a child’s paternity is four years after the child reaches the age of majority. The age of majority in Florida is 18 years old. However, it is recommended that paternity issues be resolved as early as possible to allow the child to develop a strong relationship with both parents.

Cases of Parental Alienation

When it comes to sharing time with children, Florida law starts by giving both parents equal responsibility, involvement, and benefit. This is called shared parental responsibility. However, due to some outdated legal doctrines (The Tender Years Doctrine) suggesting that children need to be with their mothers during formative years, the courts have determined that children need both parents. Sometimes parents wishing to keep a non-custodial parent out of the picture will exploit this bias or even raise false accusations of domestic violence. When parents disparage and speak negatively to their children about the other parent, this leads to great psychological harm to the children which causes parental alienation. Should parental alienation become an issue, it is important to secure the services of an experienced lawyer and other experts to resolve the matter.

Over 25 Years of Legal Experience

At the Law Office of Jerome P. Ventura, we have represented many fathers in seeking equal time-share, sole custody and legal rights of their children. Our founding attorney, Jerome Ventura, has more than 25 years of family law experience handling many types of matters.

Dial (954) 280-6119 to learn more about your potential legal options as a father.

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To discuss your parental rights and legal options, call us at (954) 280-6119 or contact us via email. We offer a no-charge, limited initial consultation and evening appointment times. To help us better serve you, we also ask that you please complete our family law intake form.

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