On behalf of North Tampa Legal Group posted in blog on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.
As a father in Florida, you understand the importance of protecting your rights, especially in the event that your marriage ends or your relationship with your child’s mother ends. Most fathers have a rightful claim to an active role in the lives of their children, but it is always prudent to have a clear understanding of your specific rights and how to protect them.
Children greatly benefit when they have regular access to both parents. It is in the best interests of your child for you to have visitation time and even share custody. Despite this fact, custody issues are complex, and it can be difficult to negotiate an arrangement that truly reflects your parental rights and the interests of your kids.
What do you know about your parental rights?
If legally established as the biological father of your kids, you technically have a right to seek visitation or custody. However, some fathers must first walk through the process of a paternity action in order to move forward.
Fathers play a critical role, and while every situation is different, some dads find it beneficial to address specific issues that would allow them to have a greater part in the life of their child, including:
- Regular visitation
- The right to help make important decisions for the kids
- Attendance at extracurricular events or sports games
- The potential for shared custody
- Financial responsibilities of the parents
It may be possible for you to pursue a fair and reasonable parenting plan out of court. Negotiating the terms of your agreement without the help of the court can allow you to develop a unique plan that suits the individual needs of your family.
Of course, negotiated agreements are not always possible. Whether you are facing divorce or you were not married to the mother of your child, it may be necessary to defend your rights and protect your relationship with your children in court.
Your importance as a father
Traditionally, courts favored mothers, but that is not always the case now. Many fathers have successfully fought for equal parenting time and an active role in the life of their kids. It is possible for you to do the same.
If you are a father, the first step in protecting your rights is to know your rights. You can seek a complete evaluation of your case, which will help you understand this issue, as well as help you see an appropriate way to navigate your specific child custody concerns.