Father's Rights During a Divorce in Tampa

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All too often we take initial phone calls from clients whom are convinced that because they are the father the will automatically receive the short end of the stick when it comes to spending time with their children. This is simply not the case. If you are the father of the child, regardless of whether or not you are legally married to the mother, then you have many important rights relating to your child. You have the right to time sharing (also referred to as visitation or custody) You also have the right to be involved with decision making in child’s life regarding issues such as education, religion, health care and many more.

In the not too distant past a bias did exist in the law with regards to mother’s rights versus father’s rights. It was assumed that the mother was the parent who could better care for the needs of a minor child, and as such, she should be the parent who enjoyed primary custody/time sharing with the child/children. That bias is no longer is a part of Florida law.

Our Tampa Family Attorney Can Help You Make a Strong Case

The primary concern now is what is in the “Best Interest of the Child.” Each case is unique and the facts of each case determine what exactly is in the “Best Interest of the Child.” Many factors come in to play when determining what is in “The Best Interest of the Child” and what a time sharing schedule will be. Some of the factors that the Court will look at include, but are not limited to; the relationship that exists between the father and child, the father’s current role in the child’s life, the work schedules of the parents and which parent will foster a better relationship between the child and the other parent. Many of our male client’s who come to us in the midst of a divorce or paternity proceeding end up receiving 50% of the time with their child/children and some even receive the majority of time sharing.

If you or a loved one is going through a divorce or custody dispute it is important to seek the advice of qualified counsel when dealing with an issue as important as father’s rights. At the law office of Raymond Pines we are very familiar with the struggles that fathers face and we will fight aggressively to ensure that your rights as a father are protected. Do not hesitate to call our office with questions or to schedule an appointment with one of our skilled father’s rights attorneys.