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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.

Procedure for relocating with a child

Florida parents interested in child custody issues may know there are times when relocation to another part of the state or to a different state may be necessary. Relocating requires that the noncustodial parent and every other person entitled to visitation with the child either agree to the move or have the opportunity to demonstrate to the court that the move is not beneficial for the child.

Child custody and parenting time in Florida

Florida courts generally favor that children have frequent contact with both parents through parenting time granted to each. Even if one parent has sole decision-making authority and the other parent has failed to make child support payments, the parent with primary custody cannot prevent the other parent from accessing his or her child through a parenting time order.

Procedures to establish Florida child support

Legal responsibility for financially supporting children typically resides with both parents, but a divorce and award of custody in Florida does not automatically establish the means of enforcing this financial obligation on non-custodial parents. Instead, Orlando parents must seek a child support order that states the amount per Florida guidelines. Some requirements are necessary to establish the order, and other actions are suggested to ensure fair child support payments.

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