Jacksonville Unmarried Parents Rights Lawyers
Florida Unmarried Parents and Their Legal Rights
Parental rights in Florida can be a confusing ordeal for the unmarried. Simply bringing another human being into the world is emotional enough without having to prove your legitimacy as a parent. Undoubtedly, if you are facing such circumstances, you will have a few questions and a number of concerns. Having a dedicated councilor with years of experience in family law can go a long way in alleviating the stress that complicates such matters. At Farah & Farah, we will work tirelessly to ensure your child’s best interests are preserved for the foreseeable future.
To learn more about parental rights in Florida and how your individual situation may be impacted, call our office today at (904) 263-4610.
The Right Father or a Father’s Right
Like most states, a mother’s parental rights are, for the most part, considered automatic, as she is the one physically giving birth. While these rights can be contested on a number of grounds, both prior to and following the birth, a mother is considered the primary parent from the start.
If a couple is married prior to the birth of their child, the father is automatically placed on the birth certificate and rights are provided without any real need for a court’s intervention. Un-wed fathers, however, have a bit more to prove in order to gain permanent rights to their child. There are a number of methods to determine paternity, all of which require either the mother of the child or the state to finalize:
- Marriage – as stated before, marriage is possibly the easiest way to establish paternity early. This can occur following the child’s birth as well, but will require additional documentation from the Florida Clerk of Court. This is known as Legitimation.
- Paternity Acknowledgement – At birth, both mother and father sign a Paternity Acknowledgement document before two witnesses or a notary, thus qualifying the father’s paternity. The document is then submitted to Florida Office of Vital Statistics where it records the father’s name on the child’s birth certificate. This can also happen after the baby’s birth.
- Administrative or Court Order – Should there be contention over a father’s identity and whether he has rights over a child, the surest way to cement the claim or denial is through a court ordered DNA test. This is quite often used as a last resort for fathers who have either been excluded from the process entirely, willingly left to avoid paying child support or aren’t entirely sure if they are the parent or not. Fathers who are disputing their paternity in either regard should get in touch with the Florida Putative Father Registry and a family law attorney for more information.
Determined Representation in Florida
Being a parent is a profoundly challenging and life-affirming duty; one the State of Florida and its courts take seriously. Those that are seeking help in proving their parenthood or wish to secure the support they need for their child should contact the family law firm of Farah & Farah. We can provide the superior counsel and representation you’ll need to secure your child’s future. To set up a free consultation and case evaluation, call our office at (904) 263-4610.