Fathers in Florida might follow the example of singer Chris Brown, who has begun a fight for joint custody of his daughter. Facing increased requests for child support from the child's mother, Brown has begun the process of making his paternity official. After establishing his paternity rights, he will be able to petition a court to settle his child support disputes.
While he prepares to assert his parental rights, the mother of the child has already applied for full-time custody. She said that the singer's lifestyle makes him unacceptable as a father or caregiver. Citing a break-in by a stalker fan to Brown's home and another intrusion by a robber who took Brown's aunt hostage, the mother expressed concerns about safety and security at his home for her 1-year-old daughter. She insists that Brown should only have access to the girl during supervised visits for limited amounts of time.
Brown responded to her criticism by claiming that he has improved his home security. Furthermore, he said that he does not use drugs around his daughter or expose her to people with criminal backgrounds.
A man in a similar situation as Brown might seek representation from an attorney who has experience in fighting for custody rights. With the assistance of an attorney, a father might be able to assemble documentation that could influence a judge to accept his ability to provide a safe home and attend to the needs of a child. Properly filing paperwork with a court might be achieved more efficiently with legal help. An attorney might also advocate for the father's position during negotiations with the mother or in court.
Source: Music Times, "Chris Brown to Fight Baby Mama for Joint Custody of Daughter Royalty", Angus Walker, Aug. 3, 2015