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For some fathers, establishing a strong and meaningful relationship with their children can be challenging, especially if they are separated from the child’s mother or are unmarried. Unmarried fathers, in particular, face legal obstacles before they can exercise their parental rights and nurture their bond with their children.

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Under Florida law, an unmarried mother initially holds the right and responsibility to care for her child. However, when either parent initiates a paternity proceeding, the father can choose or be compelled by the court to assume responsibility for the child. This typically involves requesting support payments, which grants the father certain rights such as access or time-sharing. Meanwhile, the mother may pursue these support payments to ensure she can provide for the child or establish parentage.

At Davis and Associates, Attorneys at Law, the dedicated, motivated, and experienced Estero father’s rights attorneys will guide you through obtaining your rights as a father. We will help you understand all the steps that need to be taken to establish paternity and help you understand your financial obligations to your child. On top of this, we also assist in negotiating a time-sharing agreement that will allow you enough time to bond with the children and become involved in their lives.

Call Davis and Associates, Attorneys at Law at (239) 350-4045 for your Free Consultation with a Estero Father’s Rights attorney!

Establishing Father’s Rights

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In Estero, an unmarried father must establish his paternity before being legally recognized as the child’s father, even if his name is on the child’s birth certificate.

To establish a legal relationship with his child, several steps must be taken. Firstly, he must confirm his paternity through means such as signing the acknowledgment form at the child’s birth, undergoing a genetic test, or obtaining a court order. Additionally, he must demonstrate readiness to fulfill all responsibilities associated with fatherhood.

Once paternity is established, he must collaborate with the child’s mother to devise a court-approved time-sharing agreement, facilitating his connection with the children and involvement in their lives.

The Importance of Legally Protecting Your Relationship

While an unmarried father can work with their child’s mother on an arrangement allowing them to build a familial relationship with their child at any time, not all mothers will welcome this idea. These mothers can use the law to prevent the father from accessing the child or contacting them without giving the other party due notice or a valid reason for their actions. Fathers will be powerless to counter it unless they establish their paternity legally and the court recognizes it.

To avoid this situation, trust the compassionate and experienced Estero father’s rights attorneys from Davis and Associates, Attorneys at Law to help you protect your relationship with your children. We will advocate for your rights and ensure the child’s mother recognizes the court’s order once your rights are established.

Divorced Father’s Rights

Although they do not have to worry about establishing their legal and biological connection to their children, divorced fathers can still have legal troubles sorting out child custody and support arrangements similar to unmarried fathers. Further issues may cause additional complications if the paternity is contested.

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Having a father invested in building a relationship with their child can have substantial positive impacts, allowing them to grow as well-rounded and successful individuals.

When a divorce takes place, the child’s life and growth will be disrupted unless an arrangement is made that will allow both parents to remain active in their child’s life. It’s important to reassure your child that they will not lose their parental ties with either parent as they try to get used to this new arrangement.

Davis and Associates, Attorneys at Law will provide unwavering legal support during your divorce and guide you as we tackle arrangements for your children’s welfare. We will do our best to ensure that your relationship with your children remains strong with the new arrangements even after the divorce.

Contesting Established Paternity

In select cases we handle at Davis and Associates, Attorneys at Law about father’s rights, there are cases where the perceived father gains evidence that the child is not truly their own. In some other cases, alleged fathers may have reasonable doubt that claims of them being the child’s father are true. Regardless of your situation, our Estero, FL law firm can help you find the results you are looking for.

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If you have not been active in the child’s life or have assumed responsibility as the child’s father, it is easier to deny your paternity. The genetic test result can easily resolve it by showing you are not the child’s biological father.

Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for a man who has been considered the child’s legal father or acted as the father figure who now questions their position. While the child is innocent in the matter, the child will be the one who will be affected by a renouncement of paternity the most. The courts may also be reluctant to accept the renouncement even if the tests show that the child is someone else’s.

Our dedicated Estero paternity attorneys help you calmly navigate this incredibly complex issue. If you have discovered a reason to question the child’s background, you can lean on us to support you while making the right legal decisions to resolve this matter.

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Estero Domestic Violence Attorney logoWhether you are unmarried to the child’s mother, divorced from them, or question the veracity of the paternal claims pointed at you, there are laws to help you resolve any paternal battles you may face.

Davis and Associates, Attorneys at Law‘s Estero father’s rights attorneys are dedicated to helping clients seek the truth and establish the right connections to help you and your children once the court gives out its order for your case.

Call Davis and Associates, Attorneys at Law at (239) 350-4045 for your Free Consultation with a Estero Father’s Rights attorney!