Paternity Disputes – Fathers Rights
Paternity disputes, especially over fathers rights are very common in divorces and we help clients with them in our Coral Springs family law practice all the time. While Florida law seeks to promote, preserve, and protect the best interest of children involved in any domestic litigation, the father of any minor child, and especially those fathers who are not married to the mother of their child, cannot simply assume that their paternity will be recognized by operation of law in Florida. A paternity action is necessary not only to identify a father as a child’s biological father, but also for the father to assert his right to timesharing, decision-making, and ultimately establish a legal parent/child relationship. While a father and mother’s relationship may start out on solid ground during the birth of their child and a father may not see the need in legally establishing his parental rights, the consequences to the father should his relationship with the child’s mother deteriorate can be devastating without a court order establishing and recognizing the father’s parental rights.