by Vernon from Pompano Beach, Florida, Broward County
My son took a Paternity DNA test that was confirmed positive as him being the child's father.
However he's having problems with the infant mother giving him visitation other than coming to her place of residence.
What forms will he need to file a petition for joint custody and or to spend time with his child at his place or residence?
In order to establish visitation and joint custody your son will need to file a Petition to Determine Paternity and for Related Relief.
Note the last part of the form's name "and for Related Relief".
This is the part of the form where you ask the court to establish visitation and custody through a Shared Parenting Plan.
You can use our instruction page for the Petition to Determine Paternity form (Family Law Form 12.983a) and our instruction page for the Florida Parenting Plan form. (Family Law Form 12.995a).
The process and the instructions are all there with links to the additional required forms, and they are free.
Your son may qualify for a payment
plan or even a waiver of the filing fee by filling out an Application for Determination of Civil Indigent Status and filing it with the clerk of court. The clerk's office will determine if you qualify.
Just follow the instructions on all the forms and check with your circuit court's self help staff for instructions on rules and procedures.
A Concerned Grandparent
My son is the father of a eight month old son . Him and the mother are currently living together. To make ends meet he works part-time and her parents pay her half of the rent/bills.
Now where the problem comes in at is that the mother of my grandson doesn't want him to spend anytime outside of the house with him.
When he tries to take
him out she tells him no he can't or he should have let her know the day
before then she calls her parents and they tell him that she's the
mother so what she say goes.
They're not going to be living together much longer what I would like to know is how do my son go about putting himself on child support, getting joint custody and visitation established.
--Pretty simple. If they are married he can file for divorce and have the time-sharing and custody/visitation issues decided. If they are not married, he can file for the Petition for Paternity and do the same. --Staff
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