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The Custody Rights of Orlando Mothers
The most important thing to keep in mind regarding a child custody decision made by the court is that a judge will always choose a timesharing plan that he or she believes is in the very best interests of the child. This means that it is imperative to build a strong case in your favor and to provide evidence to the court that your custody is in the best interests of your child. The court takes in a lot of information regarding this decision, including:
- Who did the majority of the child raising;
- The parenting strengths of each parent;
- The physical and mental health of each parent;
- The ability of each parent to put their child’s interests before their own; and
- Much more.
The Rights of Orlando Fathers
Fathers have the same rights as mothers in custody and timesharing decisions. It used to be that mothers were nearly always given full legal custody, and therefore decision making rights, over their children, while the father was left with visitation at most. This is no longer the case, as defined in Florida statute 61.13, “There is no presumption for or against the father or mother of the child or for or against any specific time-sharing schedule when creating or modifying the parenting plan of the child.” Furthermore, unwed fathers, just like unwed mothers, have the right to seek a paternity test. For fathers, this is used to determine whether they are the biological father of a child, and therefore whether they may have custody or visitation rights. Unwed custodial mothers, on the other hand, regularly use a paternity test to hold a father responsible for providing his share of the child raising costs through child support.
Child Support Rights of the Custodial Parent
Whoever the custodial parent may be, they have the right to hold the other parent responsible for child support payments. They have the right to go through Florida’s child support enforcement program to track the other parent down, whether they are in or out of state. Wage garnishment, fines, jail time, and many other methods may be used to hold the non paying parent accountable.
Contact an Experienced Orlando Fathers’ & Mothers’ Rights Attorney at Once
Mothers and fathers have equal rights regarding child custody, visitation, and child support during a divorce. However, in order to protect as well as invoke these rights, you must work with an experienced Orlando family law attorney. At Sperling Ducker PLC, we pride ourselves on our ability to create a strong, healthy line of communication between the mother and the father. We believe fostering this relationship will help our clients in the end, as give and take through mediation tends to be the best type of conflict resolution. However, we tailor our legal approach to each of our clients’ needs, so while mediation and an open line of communication to the other party may work for one client, it may not work for the next. Call Sperling Ducker PLC today for help.