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Single Fathers: YOU HAVE RIGHTS TO TIMESHARING! (Even if you were never married...)

-By Attorney Gabriela Bonilla, ESQ.


In Florida, unmarried fathers have the legal right to establish paternity and seek timesharing or child custody. Enforcing a father's right to timesharing is important in ensuring that children have access to a meaningful relationship with both parents, and that fathers have the opportunity to participate in important decisions affecting their children. Here are some reasons why it's important to enforce a father's rights of timesharing in a child custody case if you were never married in Florida:


1. Promotes the Best Interests of the Child


The primary concern in any child custody case is the best interests of the child. Enforcing a father's right to timesharing promotes the child's best interests by ensuring that they have a meaningful relationship with both parents. Research has shown that children who have a strong relationship with their fathers have better academic, emotional, and social outcomes. Therefore, it's important to ensure that the child has regular contact with both parents, provided it is safe and in the child's best interests.


2. Encourages Shared Parenting


Shared parenting has been found to be beneficial for children in the long run. Enforcing a father's right to timesharing can encourage shared parenting by providing both parents with equal opportunities to participate in their child's upbringing. Shared parenting can also help reduce the likelihood of parental alienation, which can be detrimental to the child's emotional well-being.


3. Establishes a Legal Relationship


Establishing a legal relationship between the father and child is crucial in ensuring that the father has a say in important decisions affecting the child's life. Enforcing a father's right to timesharing establishes a legal relationship between the father and child, allowing the father to participate in decisions regarding the child's education, health, and other important aspects of their life.


4. Promotes Stability and Consistency


Enforcing a father's right to timesharing can promote stability and consistency in the child's life. Children thrive on routine, and having regular contact with both parents can help provide that sense of stability. Additionally, consistency in parenting style can help reduce stress and anxiety in the child.


5. Avoids Legal Complications


Enforcing a father's right to timesharing can help avoid legal complications in the future. If a father's right to timesharing is not enforced, it can be difficult for him to establish a relationship with the child later on. In some cases, the mother may move away with the child, making it even more difficult for the father to maintain a relationship with their child.


6. Protects the Father's Rights


Enforcing a father's right to timesharing protects the father's rights to participate in important decisions affecting their child's life. Additionally, it protects the father's right to maintain a relationship with their child and be a part of their life.

If you are a father seeking timesharing or child custody, it's important to seek the guidance of an experienced family law attorney. An attorney can help you navigate the legal system and protect your rights. They can also help you negotiate a timesharing or child custody arrangement that is in the best interests of the child. In some cases, mediation may be an option to resolve disputes between parents and come to a mutually acceptable agreement.


In conclusion, enforcing a father's right to timesharing is crucial in ensuring that children have access to a meaningful relationship with both parents, promoting shared parenting, and protecting the father's rights. It can also promote stability and consistency in the child's life, avoid legal complications, and establish a legal relationship between the father and child. If you are a father seeking timesharing or child custody, it's important to seek the guidance of an experienced family law attorney who can help you navigate the legal system and protect your rights.


If this blog speaks to you and you need help: Attorney Bonilla is here. You are safe in her hands. Contact us at 407-436-9443 to schedule your appointment to get your family back on the right track.


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