Father’s Rights before Birth

The legality of caring for and raising children separately from a partner can come with a number of issues, and there are a lot of facts that Florida fathers need to know. A pressing question on the mind of many fathers-to-be is regarding their rights regarding their unborn child. It is important to understand these facts: • The majority of the rights surrounding a pregnancy are given to the woman who is carrying the child • Because pregnancy is considered a medical condition, a woman is not legally obligated to provide any information about the course of the pregnancy to the father of the child • Likewise, a woman’s doctor is forbidden by HIPAA to release any information about his patient or her unborn child Father’s Rights Regarding Termination of Pregnancy Since the passing of Roe v Wade in 1973, women in the United States have had the right to legally terminate a pregnancy. They are not obligated by law to inform the father of the unborn child that they are having an abortion, nor are they obligated to obtain his consent. Spousal consent for abortion was declared to be unconstitutional in a landmark 1976 case which pitted Planned Parenthood of Missouri against the state’s Attorney general at the time, John Danforth. Fathers who are aware that the woman carrying their child is planning to obtain an abortion have the option of meeting with a lawyer to draft a document promising full medical care to the mother and full custody to the father, absolving her of parental responsibility. In the end, it is still a pregnant woman’s legal right...

Petition To Determine Paternity

Did you know the number of paternity tests taken in the United States has jumped 64 percent every year for the last decade? Fighting for your paternity rights is something that can cause a headache, but I think we can all agree that a headache is worth having your children in your life. There are cases where fathers are forbidden to see their children, are told they are not the father but raised the child and were asked to leave after years of involvement, and a many more. We have all heard of devastating circumstances where the father is fighting a custody battle. The definition of paternity is: the state of being someone’s father. That leaves a lot of holes for one to question. The best way of going about fighting someone on your paternal rights is a paternity to determine paternity. The first step in filing a petition for paternity in Central Florida is filling out the petition documents; you can find these documents online. If you have more than one child you are petitioning for, you may put them all on the same document as long as they are with the same mother. Once all of the documents are filled out you will need to get them signed in front of a notary. The second step is presenting the documents to the mother. Once the mother has received the documents she has twenty days to give a response. If the mother doesn’t give a response you may file a motion for Default, which is where a judgment is made based on the other party’s lack of involvement....

Paternity Rights for Men

Many times fathers don’t know what their paternal rights are. Here are some general questions to ask yourself: Am I Able To Have Time Off Of Work When My Child Is Born? New fathers are able to take off work when the child is born or when an adoption is taking place. To have the leave, you have to have been working for the same employer for 12 months by the end of the 15th week before your child is due, or having worked 25 hours a week for 50 weeks. Many employers under federal law give 12 weeks of leave. What If My Partner And I Work At The Same Company? If you and your partner work at the same company, you are allowed 12 weeks combined. You are also allowed to take the leave any time you want within the first year. If you want to spread the 12 weeks out, you can. What If I Don’t Qualify? First make sure you qualify under FMLA and State Divisions. If you do, and you’ve given your notice, let your employer know about the laws. If they still don’t give you the time, contact your human resource department to file a complaint. There are other concerns when it comes to paternal rights when you are divorced or unmarried. Having your paternal rights is important for, child support, visitation, joint custody, etc. If your child was born and you were not married to the mother, the mother has full rights until the court says differently. The first step in taking action for your paternal rights will be to take a...