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Custody orders can be modified to give fathers more time

Like many courts all across the country, courts in Florida have begun to acknowledge the importance of fatherhood in the development of the child. In a system that has perennially granted mothers sole custody far more often than fathers, there has been a significant increase in the amount of shared parenting time that parents get with their children in the event of a divorce. This allows fathers to maintain a presence in the lives of their children, but it does not provide much assistance for fathers who have been absent from their children for years.

What factors do courts consider for grandparent custody?

When it comes to grandparents' rights, there is no doubt that the courts favor parents in most instances. However, that is not to say that grandparents do not have rights and that they cannot receive fair court proceedings if they are being denied visitation rights, or even if they believe that they deserve custody of a child instead of the parents. Grandparents should simply be aware that any custody battles they bring up will likely be difficult to win.

Incredible coincidences cost Florida mom custody

The more cynical Florida residents may assume that when the state takes custody of a child away from the child's parents, it is well deserved. Certainly there are some stories about parents who abuse or neglect their children, or who live in deplorable conditions that genuinely endanger the child's health, and there is reason to be skeptical about such people's parenting abilities. However, to assume that the state department always gets it right is a gross overestimation of how diverse circumstances can be.

Grandparents can take legal action for visitation

If you are a grandparent, you no doubt have a great understanding of the special relationship that grandparents share with grandchildren. These relationships are extremely important, almost as important as the relationships between children and their parents, and yet grandparents are often not treated the same as parents when it comes to custody and visitation. In many instances, grandparents are left on the outskirts of their grandchildren's lives without much legal recourse, but an attorney may be able to help you with this.

How does Florida define paternity?

In many cases, fathers fear that they will face gender discrimination in the courts when it comes to child custody matters. This leads to concern about whether or not they will get the parenting time they deserve with their children in the event of a divorce. However, there are some fathers who may struggle to spend any time with their children at all because they are not recognized as the actual father of the child.

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