Common Fathers’ Rights Myths in Orlando
Dispelling Rumors & Misconceptions of Paternal Rights
Myth: I am behind on child support. This means the co-parent of my child can stop sharing custody until I get caught up on payments.
Fact: Florida law specifically says: "When a parent who is ordered to pay child support or alimony fails to do so, the parent who should have received the child support or alimony may not refuse to honor the time-sharing schedule presently in effect between the parents." The Court can order a parent who withholds time-sharing to give make-up time to the other parent, pay the other parent's court costs, or attend a parenting course, among other things, or the Court can change the time-sharing schedule.
Myth: Since my former partner has primary custody of our child, they can determine if/ when I can see our child.
Fact: In Florida, it is necessary for an unmarried father to take steps to establish and protect his rights to child custody. If he does not establish his rights in court, the unwed mother has full parental responsibility for the child. Sec. 744.301 (Fla. Stat. (2011). In terms of divorced parents, the parent who has primary custody of the child must uphold the stipulations of their legal arrangement or face consequences from the court.
Myth: If a child is pre-school age, they must spend most of their time with their mother.
Fact: It is the public policy in Florida that every child should have frequent and continuing contact with both parents in the event of separation or divorce. It is also the public policy of the State to encourage parents to share the rights, responsibilities, and joys of child-rearing. There is no presumption for or against the father or mother when parents separate or divorce, even if children are very young. Sec. 61.13, Fla. Stat. (2011).
Myth: If I am having a legal issue concerning my paternal rights, I would get best results by taking legal action on my own.
Fact: It is best to seek the advice of an experienced lawyer when you are facing a legal issue where you need individual advice tailored to your situation. A lawyer understands the legal process and knows how to identify and research factual and legal issues. She can give you specific advice and guide you through a difficult process. She is your advocate who will focus on defending your rights and protecting your interests.
An Aggressive Fathers’ Rights Attorney in Orlando
At Nix Law, P.A., our lawyer is focused on helping fathers’ fight for and maintain their legal rights. If you are having an issue regarding child custody, paternity, divorce proceedings, or other pertinent family law issues we can effectively represent your best interests.
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