When an ex denies visitation, many Florida fathers are unsure of what they should do. Before taking steps that could make the situation worse, it's important to learn more about your rights as a father.
There may be Florida residents who can benefit from learning more about some of the current issues associated with parent alienation and reunification therapy. If one parent can convince a judge that the other is attempting to alienate their child and hinder their relationship, the court may be compelled to order the children to participate in reunification therapy. Parent alienation syndrome was introduced in the 1980s, and there have been several cases affecting American families across all economic classes.
As a father, you may be concerned that family courts in the state will be predisposed to favor your child's mother in custody and support decisions. Although there may be biases at times, there is also an understanding that a child may benefit from the ability to develop a meaningful relationship with both parents. The ability to articulate the significance of this relationship as it relates to your child's development may be helpful in obtaining an outcome that ensures your continued involvement in your child's life.
Although there is no standard definition of the best interests of the child, there are certain factors that a court will look at. Generally, if possible, the court will not want to remove a child from his or her parents. The court will also make a ruling that ensures the safety of the child while putting the him or her into a permanent home setting as soon as possible.
The state of Florida allows for paternity testing to determine who the biological parents of a child are. In a DNA test, a stretch of DNA is taken from the mother, the child and anyone who may be the father of the child. Such a test is generally 99.9 percent accurate as the child's DNA must be a combination of the mother and the father's DNA.