Fathers' Rights Archives

How DNA paternity testing works

As many Florida residents may know, DNA testing may be used to establish the identity of a child's biological father. This method is also used to present legal evidence in situations such as child support, adoption, immigration and custody. It may also be employed to issues surrounding inheritance, insurance, social security benefits and inherited medical problems.

How unmarried Florida fathers can establish paternity

Florida statutes set forth the procedures for determining paternity for a child born to unmarried parents. Unmarried fathers may choose to establish paternity in order to receive fathers' rights such as parenting time or custody. The state will accept paternity that has been established through a hearing before a judge in the context of dependency or inheritance for the child. For example, if paternity was established during a workers' compensation hearing, it would be accepted by the state.

How to establish paternity in the state of Florida

Just because a man is the biological father of a child does not mean that he is the legal father of the child. If at the time a child is born the mother and father are not married, the child has no legal father. This means that the child is not able to receive any social security or military benefits through the biological father nor will the child necessarily know who his or her father is.

Florida father fights for child adopted without his knowledge

When a Florida resident learned that his girlfriend was pregnant with his child, the man was happy. Although they were a young couple, they agreed to raise the child together. The pair moved into the man's parent's house and began to prepare for their child. They bought a crib and stocked up on clothes. After the couple quarreled and the expectant mother moved out, however, things took a turn for the worse, and the father now finds himself fighting to assert what he believes is his right to custody of his daughter.

Fathers seek increased parental rights in divorce

Florida fathers who are in the middle of a divorce may wish to learn more about what kind of rights they have regarding their children. While many states are working on giving fathers more access to their children than in decades past, fathers still sometimes have to fight a difficult battle for equality.

Do sperm donors have parental or fathers' rights?

With advances in medical reproductive technologies Florida residents may know that many infertile couples and same sex couples wanting to have a child of their own can now have one. Particularly when it comes to sperm donors, science is ahead of the laws which govern the complex area of parental rights, and other issues, such as child support, for the men who donate their DNA.

Unmarried couples, children out of wedlock and fathers' rights

Florida residents may find it interesting to learn that over 40 percent of children born in the U.S. are to unmarried couples. When it comes to child custody and visitation rights, generally unmarried fathers have to fight hard in the family court system to get a chance to see their children and be afforded the most basic parental rights.

Is parenting time a function of child support?

According to the U.S. Census Bureau in 2011 nearly 176,000 fathers who were still married and had been out of work for at least for 12-months, stayed home with their children who were under the age of 15. In the following year, the number of fathers staying home to raise their children increased by about 13,000. Florida residents may find this changing family dynamic interesting, particularly when it comes to divorce, parenting time and child support obligations.

Failure to pay child support and fathers' rights

Most people are cognizant of the fact that children deserve not only emotional support, but also financial support from their parents. Parents have a responsibility to ensure that their children are taken care of. In fact, it is the law that parents provide financially for their children. Generally, non-custodial parents are ordered by the court to pay child support to the custodial parent. Typically, but not necessarily, fathers are required to pay child support.

Child put up for adoption without father's consent

Child custody issues can arise between married or unmarried people at any time. Unfortunately, sometimes fathers are slighted and may be disregarded when decisions are made which impact their relationship with their child. Florida residents presently in a child custody dispute or those interested in fathers' rights may find it interesting to learn that a 19-year-old man, who conceived a child with his high school sweetheart, is fighting for the right to parent his child after the mother unilaterally put the child up for adoption.

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