At the Law Office of Amy L. Beauchaine, we believe that it is important for Florida children to maintain contact with their grandparents. Unfortunately, disputes within families and other issues can sometimes result in a child's parents refusing to allow a grandparent to continue the healthy relationship that they had established with their grandchildren.
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.
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.
According to a Pew Research Center report about one in 10 children in the U.S. lives with a grandparent, and nearly 41 percent of those children are primarily raised by those grandparents. The reasons for a grandparent to adopt the role of a caregiver for their grandchild range greatly, from military deployments, changing employment status of the parents, the parents of the child being deemed unfit by a court or the parents of the child being in prison. Regardless of the reasons, being custodians of their grandchild on a limited income can be difficult.
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.
After a long custody battle to get his 10-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son, a father has finally been reunited with his two children. The man's custody rights saga began sometime in 2007 when he was still married and living in Florida. However, shortly after his now 8-year-old son was diagnosed with a genetic blood disorder, his marriage started to fall apart.