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November 2015 Archives

The ongoing battle between father’s rights and adoption

The legal rights of fathers whose babies are born out of wedlock has made the news again. One young father, who resides outside of Florida, is now taking his fight to court, after his 2-week-old daughter was removed from his care on Nov. 20, 2015.

How is paternity established under Florida law?

A lot of people don't realize that establishing paternity is more than just creating a legal link between a father and his child for purposes of setting up a support obligation. Paternity has a number of other useful purposes such as giving a child better access to their family medical history, federal benefits, and building a relationship between father and child that can then be fostered through visitation or custody arrangements.

Do this, don't do that

Our neighbors to the north of Charlotte County -- Sarasota County and DeSoto County -- are two-thirds of the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida. If you travel a bit further up the coast, you come to the third section of the circuit in Manatee County.