Helping Tampa Unmarried Fathers Understand Their Rights As A Parent

All time-sharing, also known as child custody arrangements are created according to the best interests of the child. Florida child custody laws are also guided by the belief that a child should have two parents in his or her life and the courts are dedicated to making that a reality whenever possible. However, it is not possible to assign primary or secondary time-sharing to an adult who does not have legal rights to the child.

At Busciglio & Sheridan Law Group, our attorneys are dedicated to both establishing and protecting unmarried fathers' rights to spend time with their children.

Your Rights As A Father

When a child is born to an unmarried mother, she is automatically granted primary time-sharing (aka primary child custody) and is considered the sole guardian of the child. If you wish to foster a relationship with your children, it is extremely important that you take the steps necessary to legally prove you are the father and petition for a legally enforceable time-sharing arrangement. This is the best way to ensure your ability to see your children. Our attorneys will assist you in legally establishing paternity as we pursue securing your rights as a father.

Your Responsibilities As A Father

As a father, you have a legal responsibility to provide for the care of your children. The state of Florida uses a standard calculation to determine child support, but there are many factors to be considered. If you are concerned about being ordered to pay an unfair amount of child support, or if you have reason to believe you are not the father of the child, we encourage you to contact us to discuss it.

Proving Paternity

Our attorneys will carefully examine the details of your situation and provide you with a straightforward analysis of your current legal rights and the options available to you. When necessary, we will arrange for a paternity test, also known as a DNA test, through a scientifically reliable facility. When the outcome of the test is available, we will pursue the legal avenues most beneficial to you.

Contact Our Experienced Family Law Attorneys To Learn How We Can Help You

The lawyers at Busciglio & Sheridan Law Group represent clients throughout the Tampa Bay, Florida, region.

Call 813-302-1265 today to arrange a consultation with an experienced Tampa attorney.