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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When the parents of a child can no longer work together, generally issues surrounding child custody and visitation rights for the non-custodial parent are amplified. In most cases, a mothers' right to raise her child versus the fathers' rights to see his child are pitted against each other.
Taking a child away from parents can be difficult and emotional for all involved. However, in some cases, in the best interest of the child, a court may terminate a parent's parental rights.
According to a U.S. Census Bureau statistics, nearly one out three children lives in a household where their father is not present. To help fathers learn and understand what their legal rights and duties are, recently the Fatherhood Task Force of South Florida, whose mission is to help include and encourage the involvement of fathers in the lives of their children, held a luncheon for fathers.
In a child custody case involving a Miccosukee woman and a non-tribal man, a Florida court has a set a hearing date to determine whether the state of Florida or the Miccosukee Indian reservation should preside over the child custody dispute between the parents.
In the 21st century, as the definition of marriage and family evolve, innovative medical technologies also make it possible for, not only infertile couples, but also same-sex couples to have children. Under his paradigm, traditional family law issues such as child custody, visitation and a father's legal rights may get more complex.