CHARLES P. ERICKSON, ESQ
When it comes to unmarried couples in Florida, paternity disputes are often a common occurrence. When children become a part of a relationship between two people and those two people decide to end their relationships; child custody, child support, and child visitation arguments come into play. Charles Erickson is well versed in representing clients from all over Naples, Florida to help them to understand the complex aspects associated with child custody law in the state.
Paternity is the legal determination of who a child’s biological father is. These legal matters can oftentimes be emotional. When you need legal representation during these difficult times, it’s time to seek the help of a paternity disputes attorney such as Charles Erickson. He will use his many years of experience as well as his skills and resources to help protect your rights and the rights of your child throughout this process. These issues are sensitive, so he knows how to work with both parties in order to get the results you’re both looking for, that is in the best interests of the child or children.
A DNA profile is one of the latest ways in order to perform paternity tests, where the genetic material of a child is first compared to the mother, and characteristics not found in the mother are looked for in the father to determine 99% accuracy with paternity.
When it comes to father’s rights in Florida, a man can only seek visitation rights if they are the legally adopted or biological father. This means that if they can prove they are the paternal father through a DNA test, they have legal rights to visitations. The father will get visitation rights and, in many instances, will also have to pay child support. Dads have the right to physical, phone, and Internet contact with their child regularly. If parents cannot agree on a visitation schedule, a judge will create one for them. The father also has the right to know about activities the child participates in. The only time that a father’s rights are limited is if the court decides that his physical or mental health is lacking, or there have been any sign of previous abuse or violence.
Florida courts are in favor of shared parenting when both parents are of sound mind. In the case of unwed parents, Florida law designates the mother as the natural custodian of a minor child, and therefore she has sole legal rights over the child until any paternity is established. From there, child support can be established where both parents must accurately report their income in order to determine a fair amount to be paid.
Charles Erickson, a paternity disputes attorney, is always ready and willing to discuss paternity disputes with clients in Naples, FL, as well as Everglade City, Marco Island, and all of the surrounding Collier County, Florida communities. To learn more about his legal services and to schedule a phone consultation, call his office at 239-430-1126 today.
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