Father's rights: Florida father fights for custody of daughters

According to reports, a 28-year-old Tampa, Florida man who lost custody of his two daughters after being accused of child abuse in 2010 hopes to re-establish contact with them. The man who was acquitted of child abuse charges may be able to regain custody of his children since his now ex-wife is serving a three year prison sentence for shooting him in the back.

Presently, the maternal grandparents' of the man's two daughters, aged three and five, have sole physical and legal custody of the girls. Further, the maternal grandparents' indicated that they have a very good relationship with the 28-year-old man's parents. In fact, the paternal grandparents' visit their grandchildren every three months or so, and the girls visit them in Florida during the summer. However, the maternal grandparents' note that the 28-year-old father of the girls was never stripped of his parental rights.

The 28-year-old man, who has seen his daughters only through photographs in the last three years, noted after his acquittal that he is looking forward to seeing and reconnecting with his daughters.

The facts surrounding the case above are unique wherein the mother of the children is incarcerated, the grandparents' have custody of the children and father was only recently acquitted for child abuse charges. In such cases, it may be difficult for parents to have an on-going health relationship with their children.

However, in general, in the best interest of children, it is important for children to develop and have a relationship with both parents. For Florida parents who are dealing with child custody issues or trying to regain custody of their children, may want to contact a family law lawyer to have their case evaluated, and to have all legal options examined.

Source: News-Leader, "Kleber children could return to father's custody," Katie Lamb, Sept. 27, 2013

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