Many Florida fathers feel like their hands are tied when it comes to physical custody of their children, believing that the mother will always be granted 100 percent time sharing. Whether you were previously married to your child's mother or are an unwed father, you can establish your parenting rights. While it is true that the courts have historically favored mothers over fathers in awarding custody, this is no longer the case for the most part.
If you are an unwed father, your child's mother will be presumed to have sole custody of your child unless you file a petition seeking custody and visitation orders. You will need to establish your paternity. After you have, it doesn't matter if the mother has filed a motion asking that the court grants her sole physical custody. The courts often favor shared parenting arrangements.
If you are divorced and already have a custody order, you can ask the court to modify it if the circumstances have changed. This could include such things as a new marriage, a new job or other major events that necessitate a change.
At our law firm, we understand that many fathers feel like their hands are tied when it comes to their children. We work closely with our clients to help them with understanding their parental rights and then seeking to help them establish them. We work to help our clients establish their paternity even if the mothers dispute it. Often, we can reach parenting plans through mediation so that our clients have visitation and custody schedules on which they can rely. If you would like to learn more about your rights as a father, we invite you to review our page on the topic.