Fathers’ Rights

At Matthew Lane & Associates, P.A., we are dedicated to protecting father’s rights. Our Palm Beach County men’s rights lawyer has more than three decades of experience providing vigorous representation to clients in family law matters. Our firm is dedicated to making a concrete and positive difference in our clients’ lives.

Florida law recognizes that children deserve ongoing relationships with both parents. Both parents deserve to share in the rights, responsibilities, and joy of raising their children. Under Florida law, both fathers and mothers stand on equal footing with regard to child custody and parenting rights.

Courts recognize the importance of maintaining a close father-child relationship for the children’s well-being. In fact, studies show that children do better in school and have fewer behavioral issues when fathers are actively involved in their lives.

Experienced Legal Advocacy · Dedicated to Protecting Father’s Rights

If you are a father facing divorce or paternity proceedings, we can guide you through the process.

We understand and appreciate the issues that men face in fighting to play an active role in the lives of their children, and are committed to protecting fathers’ parental rights.

Whether you are seeking primary custody, a custody, increased visitation rights, or permission to relocate with your children, we will work with you to attain your goals. We draw on extensive trial experience and a wealth of in-depth legal knowledge to advocate for men’s rights and interests

Florida Law Concerning Father’s Rights

In making a determination regarding child custody and visitation, Florida courts are required to decide all matters in accordance with the best interests of the children. It is the public policy of the State of Florida that every child has the right to have frequent and continuing time-sharing with both parents. It is also the public policy of the State of Florida to encourage both parents to share in the rights and responsibilities of raising their children. There is absolutely no presumption in favor of or against the mother or the father a child. There is absolutely no presumption for or against any specific time-sharing arrangement.

Additionally, access to information concerning a party’s child, including school and health care records, cannot be denied to either parent. Full legal rights to these records cannot be denied, absent an order from the court specifically revoking these rights. In like manner, both parents have the same rights to communicate with their child’s teachers and healthcare providers.

A court is required to order that parental responsibility for a child is to be shared by both parents, unless the court finds that shared parental responsibility would be detrimental to the best interests of the child. A court may only order sole parental responsibility for a child, if it finds that it is in child’s best interests. In ordering that the parties share parental responsibility, a court may consider the desires of the parties, and may award one parent ultimate authority to make decisions over particular aspects of the child’s well-being, or may divide these responsibilities based on the child’s best interests. These areas of responsibility can include health care, education, and any other areas of responsibility that are unique to the parties.

The bottom line is that in making determinations regarding time-sharing and parental responsibility, the best interest of the party’s child is always the primary consideration.

Contact an Experienced Father’s Rights Attorney

Call our office at: (561) 363-3400, or contact us online, to schedule an appointment with a father’s rights attorney. Our offices are located in Palm Beach Gardens, Wellington, and Boca Raton, Florida.

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