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What are my rights as an unmarried father in Florida?

By Donna Hung Law Group |

Unfortunately, there aren’t many rights for an unmarried father in Florida. The Florida statute 744.301 says the mother of a child born out of wedlock is the natural guardian of the child and is entitled to primary residential care and custody of the child unless a court of competent jurisdiction enters an order stating… Read More »

Do the wishes of a child have any influence in child custody/time-sharing decisions in Florida?

By Donna Hung Law Group |

One of the factors that the court considers is the reasonable preference of the child if the court deems the child to be of sufficient intelligence, understanding and experience to express a preference. However, the courts are usually reluctant to let a child testify. You can discuss your options with an experienced family law… Read More »

Can child custody/time-sharing rights be modified in Florida?

By Donna Hung Law Group |

A person can modify their timesharing schedule by filing a supplemental petition for modification. This means that something substantial must have changed between the time the last judgment was entered and the time you file your modification case, and that change must have been unanticipated. Once you have proven that change, then you have… Read More »

What is child custody, time-sharing, and parental responsibility in Florida?

By Donna Hung Law Group |

The term child custody is no longer used in Florida. Instead, Florida uses the terms parental responsibility and time-sharing. A majority of cases fall under shared parental responsibility. That is when all major decisions are jointly made by both parents. A minority of cases fall under sole parental responsibility. That is when one parent… Read More »

What are some common arrangements for parenting time in Florida?

By Donna Hung Law Group |

Every family is different. However, three examples of time sharing arrangements for an equal time sharing schedule are a 2-2-5 schedule, which is where Mom has every Monday-Tuesday, Dad has every Wednesday-Thursday and then the parties alternate the weekends, Friday to Monday. Another example is what we call a 2-2-3 schedule, which is where… Read More »