Paternity Lawyer in Orlando
Defending Parental Rights for Fathers in Seminole, Osceola & Volusia Counties
If you are seeking to exercise your rights as a father, it might be essential to establish paternity. While fathers have more rights than ever before in the legal system, there is still a significant bias in favor of mothers when it comes to time sharing (formerly called "visitation") in Florida.
At Nix Law, P.A., we represent fathers in a range of family law matters, defending their rights to time with their children. We are passionate about the importance of the father-child relationship. We are here to fight aggressively for you and walk you through every step of the process to make sure you get adequate parenting time with your child.
Are you a father seeking to establish your right to time sharing with your child? Call (407) 634-1830 to schedule a consultation with an Orlando paternity attorney.
Shared Visitation – Time Sharing
In Florida, the law is clear that, in unmarried parental situations, the mother gets 100 percent time sharing. It is up to the father to establish paternity and petition the court for time-sharing rights. When paternity is granted, fathers are able to exercise their time-sharing rights, and they will be responsible for their share of support.
How Paternity Is Established
In Florida, if both parents are married at the time of the delivery of their child, paternity is automatically established. However, when the parents are unwed at the time of the child's birth, legal action must be taken to establish paternity in order for the father to have legal rights of the child. If the child's mother and the alleged father agree that he is the father, they can sign a Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity form. This form acknowledges that the man is the child's legal father. The acknowledgment becomes final and non-revocable after 60 days.
If a voluntary acknowledgment cannot be obtained, the party who wishes to establish paternity must go through a family court judge to obtain an order. The court can order a genetic test of the mother, child, and alleged father to establish paternity. Contact our law firm today to get started with the court procedures for establishing your rights as a father.
Fathers' Rights & Family Law Solutions
We represent fathers looking to fight for their rights with their children in a range of circumstances, including:
- Divorce: Many child visitation/time-sharing disputes occur in the context of divorce. We can help you establish your rights as a father with your children.
- Post-divorce decree modification: It is common for divorce decrees to require modifications after being finalized. Usually, this results from some substantial change in circumstances. We can help you petition the court for a decree modification.
- Unwed fathers: If you are an unwed father, your child's mother will automatically receive 100 percent of the time-sharing rights and sole custody unless we establish your paternity and petition the court for a better arrangement.
Contact an Experienced Fathers' Visitation Attorney
We provide passionate, focused representation dedicated to protecting the rights of fathers throughout central Florida.
Direct, professional, informative, transparent, and honest. I am pleased with her and her team.- Mo H.
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Fathers Matter!- Yolanda R.
I really don’t know where I would be without her.- Jeremy T.
Mrs. Nix was always calm, confident, and extremely strategic with her approach to the ups and downs of our case.- Jarrel M.