Unmarried Father & Full Custody
by Phillip from Palm Beach County, Florida
Unmarried father paternity test and wish to obtain full custody of minor child. I took a paternity test and positive that I am father. Now I have daughter with me with mother's permission and entered her in school, and am providing 100% support for child.
What forms do I need to file for full custody, I reside in 15th judicial circuit, in Palm Beach county.
Answer to Florida Child Custody Question
Florida courts have a strong bias toward shared parental responsibility, even if the child lives with one parent all or most of the time.
The reasoning is that courts, as a matter of public policy, support the idea that children need both parents involved in their lives if at all possible.
So the term full or sole custody is usually not used nowadays, unless the child has little or no contact with the other parent, or there is some compelling reason that the other parent should not have decision making authority or contact with the child.
That said, it sounds to me like you need to file a Supplemental Petition to Modify Child Custody/ Time-Sharing Schedule and Other Relief if you have already filed a Petition for Paternity that required the paternity testing. Otherwise you should file a Petition for Paternity.
Have a look at the instructions for each form to determine which one is appropriate for your situation. Also, have a look at our web-powered instructions for both of these forms:Petition for PaternitySupplemental Petition to Modify Parenting Plan
Along with either Petition, you must file, among other forms, a Parenting Plan that reflects your current arrangement.
Read the instructions carefully, as there are other forms that must be filed along with these.
The Parenting Plan may be agreed to by both parents, with both signatures, and presented to the court as agreed upon.
Or it may be filed and submitted by one parent as a proposed plan. These forms and other Florida family law forms can be found on the Florida Supreme Court's website, www.flcourts.org. Notice:
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