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Treasure Coast father seeking paternity rights denied to him

What should one do if their child was suddenly ripped away after they broke up with the child's other parent? While it may seem like a child's biological father should always have rights to his child, under certain circumstances, this might not always be the case.

A Treasure Coast father is seeking rights to his child, but Florida law stands in the way of his goal. The child was born to the Treasure Coast father and a mother, who was married to another man at the time the child was born. Despite the fact that the Treasure Coast man was the child's biological father, under current Florida law, if a child is born to married parents, the husband is deemed the child's legal father.

The child's mother is still married, and claims that her husband is holding the child out as his own. They plan to raise the child as husband and wife, despite the fact that she admits the Treasure Coast man is the child's biological father.

Unfortunately, this means that the man must petition for paternity rights. He did contribute to raising the child. He was there for many of the child's milestones, such as walking and talking, and he fed the child daily. The Treasure Coast man ended up breaking up with the child's mother after being in a relationship with her for five years, at which point she kept him from seeing the child for three years.

The Treasure Coast man has filed a paternity petition, which the mother rejected. Therefore, he has no rights to his child. Now, he is advocating for a change in the law. His next hearing on the matter will take place on March 31.

The facts of this case are unusual, but as Florida law currently stands, this man will have to fight for a change in law to gain access to a child that he loves and that is biologically his. Parents in Florida who have questions about this law and how it affects them may want to seek legal advice from a family law attorney.

Source: WPTV, "Port St. Lucie father challenging Florida law for parental rights, mother is rejecting petition," Michelle Quesada, Feb. 11, 2017

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