Contact Us for a Free 30 Minute Telephone Consultation Today! (321) LAW - 7777

Father's Rights

Modern trends in virtually every jurisdiction have recognized that fathers have an important role in their children's development and the laws now favor some form of shared parental custody. Fathers find it more difficult to be granted time-sharing rights in a court process. For fathers seeking time-sharing activity in Florida, there is a need to prove they are biological or legally adopted father of a child.

Once the paternity of a child is determined, a Florida court creates a paternity order providing the father time-sharing rights according to the law. We have years of experience assisting and providing legal counsel for father's rights in Melbourne, Florida.

The Law Office John Vernon Moore provides a professional father's right attorneys in Melbourne, Brevard County, Florida to provide fathers with time-sharing and child custody during difficult paternity and divorce cases.


Fathers in Melbourne and the entire state of Florida are entitled to regular communication with their child or children whether it is through the phone, e-mail, text messages, and physical visits.

There are times when agreements cannot be made on time-sharing. In cases of time-sharing disputes, a Florida family court judge will have to intervene to set a schedule that both mother and father must adhere to.

Unfortunately, there could be disputes even after a judge has set a time-sharing schedule. If the mother of the child continues to disregard a Florida family court's order, the father can request that the mother be sanctioned.

Time-Sharing Modification In Florida

Florida fathers are entitled to the same parental rights as the mother but nothing is set in stone and time-sharing rights can always be adjusted or modified by a family court. A Melbourne family court can revoke or limit time-sharing rights if there is any suspicion of any instability or inappropriate behavior such as drug usage, excessive drinking, child abuse, sexual abuse, or child neglect.

Children need to have a stable home and fathers are obligated to maintain a safe and problem-free environment.

Brevard Child Time-Sharing Attorney

Regardless of your particular situation, it would be wise to obtain the assistance of an attorney in resolving custody, visitation, and child support issues.

Our attorneys are available for such situations to ensure fathers are aware and enjoy their parental rights to the maximum.

You can get a free 30-minute consultation when you call us at 321.426.0209.

What are the Parental Rights of Unmarried Fathers in Florida?

by Chip Parker Navigating child custody, visitation and child support is complicated and can be emotionally trying. Unmarried fathers may feel frustrated that they don't have the same rights as other parents. Dealing with this difficult subject is much easier if you know your paternal visitation rights in Florida. Contacting a family law expert in Jacksonville can help. Here are some important facts that you should be aware of.

Do I need to establish paternity in Florida?

Married fathers are automatically considered the biological father of any children born during the marriage. If you're an unmarried father who is not named on the birth certificate, you're known as a putative father. You may petition to have your name added to the birth certificate, but you will also have to establish your paternity. You do not have any rights to your child until it is proven to the court that you are the biological father.

For visitation rights in Florida, the process of proving paternity begins by filing a Petition to Determine Paternity. This form is used to establish paternity and set a time-sharing schedule and/or child support of a minor child. You'll have to get a court order, and you may be required to undergo DNA testing to identify yourself as the biological father.

Does the father have any rights in the event of an adoption?

It's important to note that you can file with the Florida Putative Father Registry during a pregnancy. The purpose of this registry is to give fathers notification rights and options if the mother decides to put the baby up for adoption. A claim of paternity may be filed any time before the child's birth.

Does an unmarried father have visitation rights after establishing paternity?

You can claim your rights as a father after establishing paternity. The mother of the child may pursue child support and other benefits once you are established as the biological father. The court will create a parenting plan, set a time-sharing agreement, and decide on child support and parental responsibilities.

In the state of Florida, the courts like to see each parent have fairly equal custody. This is called time-sharing in Florida and it refers to the amount of time each parent spends with the child. The best interest of the child is always the guiding principle for the court's decisions. Both parents typically have a say in decisions regarding issues such as healthcare, education, housing situation, and religion.

Will I have to pay child support in Florida?

Once paternity is established, the child is entitled to financial support from you. Child support is ruled separately from time-sharing rulings. Child support amounts are calculated based on both parents' income and expenses. The Florida Child Support Guidelines are used to figure out the amount each parent must pay each month. Child support must be paid on time, as Florida has serious consequences when payments are late or missed.

Contact the family lawyers at Parker & DuFresne to learn more about your rights as a father. Our experienced attorneys will ensure that you know your rights in regards to paternity in the state of Florida. Call today at (904) 733-776.


Areas We Serve

A Melbourne, Florida, personal injury law firm serving communities such as Titusville, Cape Canaveral, Mims, Palm Bay, Cocoa, Viera, Suntree, Cocoa Beach, Indian Harbour Beach, Daytona Beach, Orlando, Sebastian, Vero Beach, Fort Pierce, Port St. Lucie, Satellite Beach, and Rockledge. Counties to include: Brevard County - Indian River County - Osceola County - Volusia County - St. Lucie County - Orange County

The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely upon advertisements. Before you decide, ask us to send you free written information about our qualifications and experience. The information you obtain at this site is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation. The Law Office of John Vernon Moore, P.A. does not intend to practice law in any jurisdiction where it is not licensed. The firm has prepared this web site for informational purposes only, and these materials do not constitute legal advice or opinions. Internet web site links are provided as a convenience to our visitors and are not an endorsement of these links. The firm does not make any representations regarding the accuracy of the information found in such web sites. The materials on this website may or may not be current. Therefore, readers of this website are advised not to act upon any information on this website without seeking legal counsel. The transmission and receipt of materials provided on this website does not create an attorney-client relationship between our firm and the recipient of the information, including e-mail communications. Do not send any information without first speaking to one of our attorneys or agents and receiving confirmation that The Law Office of John Vernon Moore, P.A. does not have a conflict of interest and has agreed to represent you. Information sent prior to your receipt of confirmation of representation by The Law Office of John Vernon Moore, P.A. may not be treated as confidential or protected information. A Melbourne, Florida based personal injury, criminal defense, family law, real estate and homeowners association law firm serving Brevard County and surrounding communities such as Titusville, Cape Canaveral, Mims, Palm Bay, Cocoa, Viera, Suntree, Cocoa Beach, Indian Harbour Beach, Daytona Beach, Orlando, Sebastian, Vero Beach, Fort Pierce, Port St. Lucie, Satellite Beach, and Rockledge.