The establishment of paternity has significant legal ramifications. It allows a custodial mother to seek child support, a noncustodial father to seek visitation and child custody, and a child to develop a relationship with his or her father. While the law generally favors the establishment of paternity for these reasons, there are instances where the disestablishment of paternity may be justified. Doing so, of course, relieves a man of his obligation to pay child support and his right to seek further contact with the child in question.
When you decided to file a petition for divorce in a Florida court, you understood that it would prompt many changes in your life, especially concerning your children. No matter what issues have led you to this point, you no doubt want to achieve a fair and agreeable settlement as swiftly and inexpensively as possible. When spouses are locked in contentious court battles, it takes months or even years to achieve a settlement.
Recently on the blog we discussed the effects that parental substance abuse can have on children. Sadly, many kids in Florida are subjected to abuse or neglect, or are forced to take on responsibility beyond their years because their parents are battling an addiction. Fortunately, parents can take certain legal steps to better ensure that their children are protected.