I agree with both Attorney Bachert and Attorney Rose, the father has no rights until he has paternity established by a family law court with time sharing issues being resolved in the case. Good luck.
B. Elaine Jones, Esq.
Based upon the information you have provided the Father at this time has no time sharing rights to or with the child other than the obligation to provide child support for the child. Pursuant to Florida Statute the Mother of a child born outside of a marriage is has sole custody of that child and the Father shall have no rights with the child until he Petitions the court to obtain the same. The Mother need do nothing at this time but may Petition the court to establish child support if she wishes to do so.
Daniel Bachert, Esq.
The Bachert Law Firm, P.A.
330 Clematis Street, Suite 222
West Palm Beach, Florida 33401
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Either of them could--but isn't required to--file for paternity. Until that happens, the father has no rights and is not the child's legal father, even though he signed the birth certificate.
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